Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project

Description: 

The Henslowe-Alleyn archive preserves the personal and professional paper of Edward Alleyn and his father-in-law Philip Henslowe. Together, "these manuscripts comprise the largest and most important single extant archive of material on the professional theatre and dramatic performance in early modern England, the age of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Heywood, Dekker, Chettle, and so many of their contemporaries and colleagues". The aims of this digitization project are two-fold: "first, to protect and conserve these increasingly fragile manuscripts, and, second, to make their contents much more widely available in a free electronic archive and website, not only to specialist scholars but to all those interested in early modern English drama and theatre history, as well as social, economic, regional, architectural, and legal history, and palaeography and manuscript studies". The catalogue provides access to high-quality facsimiles of their material.

Director(s): 
Grace Ioppolo
Contact: 
g.j.ioppolo@reading.ac.uk
period: 
Early Modern (approx. 1500-1650s)
geographical region: 
England
Affiliation(s): 
University of Reading, and King's College London
API: 
Content Area: 
Archives
Editions
Catalogues