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Research Partners

The Prize Papers Project is linked with a number of renowned research projects, institutions and individual researchers. Find out more about our collaborations and associations in the following. 


The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands

Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING) is a leading research institute in the field of history and culture, by creating innovative tools to unlock, understand and analyse old, inaccesible sources. Huygens ING, located in the old city center in Amsterdam, is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Follow the link for more information.

Huygens ING launched the Dutch Prize Papers Virtual Research Environment in June 2019. 


Dutch Prize Papers Virtual Research Environment 

The free accessible VRE is aimed at allowing the user to browse through 72.000 images, supplied with metadata, from the huge Prize Papers
Archive. The VRE is work in progress; its functionalities and search options will be improved continuously. 


Scandinavian Prize Papers

The Scandinavian Prize Papers Project: Global and Maritime History in the Early Modern Period is funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council/Vetenskapsrådet.

The VR-project, led by Margaret Hunt, Professor of History at Uppsala University, and Leos Müller, Professor of History at Stockholm University and Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS), uses the Prize Papers documents to explore knowledge and knowledge transfer between non-elite people (sailors, skippers, ocean travelers) in an age of global trade and travel.

For more information, visit the Scandinavian Prize Papers website here.


The Southern Netherlandish Prize Papers Project, cooperation partner: The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

The Prize Papers hold great potential for research on the maritime history of the Southern Netherlands, and have not been valorized in a Flemish context before. In collaboration with the Prize Papers Project and other national and international partners, VLIZ (Flanders Marine Institute) has initiated thematic research on this unique historical material, with an initial focus on the period of the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1714). With this research project, VLIZ aims to stimulate research in the field of maritime history in Flanders, both by conducting original research and by facilitating collaboration on this source material.

Visit the VLIZ page for more information.


Unlocking History

Unlocking History, led by Jana Dambrogio (MIT Libraries) and Dr. Daniel Starza Smith (King's College London). Unlocking History is developing a series of resources for the study of “letterlocking,” the historical practice of folding and securing letters to become their own envelopes. These resources include a YouTube channel with more than 200 instructional videos and the online Dictionary of Letterlocking. Unlocking History is part of the Signed, Sealed, and Undelivered project, investigating a trunk of undelivered letters now held in The Hague.

Here’s a link to their article in Nature Communications that explains the extraordinary computational breakthrough of virtually unfolding an old unopened letter. 


The Bordeaux–Dublin Letters Project

The Bordeaux–Dublin Letters Project, led by Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Truxes together with Louis M. Cullen, John Shovlin, NYU, and funded by The British Academy

The discovery of the so-called Bordeaux–Dublin letters and a large number of supporting documents as part of the Prize Papers set in motion an ambitious project to mark the 20th anniversary of Glucksman Ireland House and the Irish Studies programme at New York University (NYU) in 2013. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Glucksman Ireland House, NYU’s centre for Irish and Irish-American studies, is the site of innovative academic and public programmes, and home of the American Journal of Irish Studies.

There are three parts to the Bordeaux–Dublin Letters (BDL) Project: publication of a scholarly edition of the documents at the National Archives; a high-profile public exhibition in New York City; and a by-invitation academic conference featuring leading scholars from Ireland, France, the UK, and the United States. All the project objectives have been achieved.

For more information, please follow this link.

In September 2013, the British Academy published an edition of The Bordeaux–Dublin Letters, 1757: Correspondence of an Irish Community Abroad. As a result of our collaboration with Thomas M. Truxes, these transcriptions will also be shown later on the Prize Papers Portal.

On the 30th of November 2021, our long-standing cooperation partner and a pioneer of Prize Papers research, Prof. Dr Tom Truxes, published his new book “The Overseas Trade of British America. A Narrative History” (Yale University Press):

Have also a look on the following publications: 


QuaSU – Quellenarbeit im Sachunterricht

The Prize Papers Project collaborates with the project QuaSU (Quellenarbeit im Sachunterricht), which examines work with historical sources in primary school social studies lessons. The subject of Sachunterricht is a subject with natural science and social science content. It is taught exclusively in primary school and supports a general understanding of science at primary school age. It is planned to develop (learning) tasks and teaching materials based on the material sources from the Prize Papers collection. This will be followed by considerations on the practical implementation of these materials in subject lessons. The historical thinking of primary school children will also be used as an object of research. With regard to primary school children, the development of a procedure for dealing with sources is planned in the long term. This is to be further developed into a model.

Dr. Silke Bakenhus is responsible for and leads the project. She works at Faculty I - Department of Education and Social Sciences in the Department of Primary Education and Social Studies at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany.