Partnership with Leiden University
In 2012, Elsevier founded a three year partnership with the Scaliger Institute to enable the study of 16th -18th century books at Leiden University and the Elsevier Heritage Collection. Elsevier is sponsoring the appointment of Elsevier fellows at the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Libraries. The Elsevier fellow does research based on material available within the special collections of the university library and the Elsevier Heritage Collection.
The fellowship program builds on Elsevier’s recent launch of the Elsevier Heritage Collection’s online catalogue comprising over 2,000 rare books with more than 1,000 distinct titles published by the original Elzevier publishing house from 1580 to 1712. Based in the Netherlands and closely tied to Leiden University, the original company published groundbreaking work from contemporary scholars including Descartes, Huygens and Galileo. The modern publisher Elsevier, founded in 1880, was named after the original firm when as a tribute to the publishing achievements of the Elzeviers.
The Scaliger Institute will also work closely with the Elsevier Heritage Collection team to provide training and expertise on preservation, exhibitions, display techniques, cataloguing, bindings, history and provenance study. The fellowships offer a scientific publishing complement to the longstanding Scaliger Institute Brill fellowships. These focus on rare books research in the fields of Middle East, Islamic and Asian Studies, medieval and early modern history as well as religious and classical studies.
”Our collaboration falls squarely in the tradition of the Scaliger Institute,” remarked Kurt De Belder, University Librarian and Director of Leiden University Libraries. “It stimulates the study of rare books and special collections to further our understanding of the foundations of academia. The Scaliger Institute is also dedicated to public outreach and looks forward to hosting the lectures and master classes generated by studying the history of publishing and scientific scholarships.”
“The Elsevier Heritage fellowships reinforce our longstanding relationship with the University of Leiden, and builds upon the original Elzeviers’ tradition of publishing the great scientific minds of the 16th-18th century,” noted David Ruth, Senior Vice President of Global Communications, Elsevier. “Supporting scholars to study the history of scholarship and science also ensures that the Elsevier Heritage Collection can be more fully researched and made available to scholars around the world.”
About the Scalinger Institute, University of Leiden
Founded by Leiden University Libraries and the Faculties of Humanities on the occasion of the 425th anniversary of Leiden University in June 2000, the Scaliger Institute aims to stimulate and facilitate the use of the Special Collections of Leiden University Libraries in both teaching and research. The Institute offers favorable working conditions and expertise, organizes conferences, master classes, fellowships, special courses and lectures, including the Scaliger Lectures, given by the Scaliger professor and other prominent scholars.
The Institute is named after the learned humanist Josephus Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) who joined the newly founded Leiden University In 1593. By 1600, Scaliger had become the centre of the young university, attracting students and scholars from all over Europe including Daniel Heinsius and Hugo Grotius. Scaliger donated a substantial part of his library to the University Library and his collection continues to represent the core of the collection of Leiden University Libraries.
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Coordinator Scaliger Institute
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