Overview of PRINT

Welcome to PRINT (People, Religion, Information Networks, and Travel)! We are a collaborative digital humanities project housed at the University of Central Florida. PRINT is tracing the communication networks of early modern European religious minorities and analyzing how these networks shaped migration in the Atlantic world. Using roughly 3,000 letters from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, PRINT brings together these documents from archives across the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany. We are creating the PRINT portal where these historical letters will be accessible to everyone, and where we will provide visualizations of the connections in the letters including family, religious, and cultural ties. We seek to connect the past to the present by looking at mobility, migration, and travel.


PRINT draws on numerous collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century letters written by Anabaptists, Quakers, and Pietists. The original manuscripts are housed in the following repositories:

  • Stadsarchief Amsterdam
  • Archives of the Franckesche Stiftungen, Halle
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
  • Library of the Society of Friends, London

Collaborators and Partners

  • August Hermann Francke Study Center - Frankesche Stiftungen, Halle, Germany - Britta Klosterberg, Head of Study Center; Jürgen Gröschl
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania – Cary Hutto, Director of Archives
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania – Andrew Williams, Digital Services Archivist and Research Services Librarian
  • University of Central Florida Libraries – Lee Dotson, Digital Initiatives Librarian
  • University of Central Florida Libraries – Sai Deng, Metadata Librarian and Associate Librarian
  • Amsterdam Archives – Merel Geerlings, Project Director for Linked Data
  • Amsterdam Archives – Nelleke Zeeland, Project Director for Accessibility
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Monika Linder