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Illinois Wesleyan University
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Frances Wolfreston; early modern women's book ownership; provenance studies; book history
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About Me

I am a former rare-book cataloguer and current visiting assistant professor and outreach librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University. Since 2013, I have been researching and further reconstructing the life and library of Frances Wolfreston (1607–1677). I am also interested in early modern women’s book ownership and early English printed books.

Recent Publications

“ ‘she rede good bokes’: Digital Technologies for Women’s Book Ownership in the Early Modern Period,” The Caxtonian XXVII, no. 8 (August 2019)

“Hiding in Plain Sight: How Electronic Records Can Lead Us to Early Modern Women Readers,” in Women’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain: Ownership, Circulation, Reading, ed. Leah Knight, Micheline White, and Elizabeth Sauer (University of Michigan Press, 2018)

“Looking Beyond the Text in Frances Wolfreston’s Books,” Houghton Library blog, Houghton Library, October 2018

“Written in the Margent: Frances Wolfreston Revealed,” Collation blog, Folger Shakespeare Library, June 2018

“Frances Wolfreston and ‘Hor’ Playbooks at the BPL,” Collections of Distinction blog, Boston Public Library, December 2015


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
17th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Women