USC Digital Voltaire

Project Developers

This work was realized with the collaboration of the project team listed below. At the beginning of each contributed essay, a note identifies the author. Danielle Mihram, in addition to her contributions to this (digital humanities) publication, has completed, revised and finalized its contents.

We thank Catherine Quinlan (Dean, University of Southern California's Libraries) for her support, and for granting us some funding (one of her Dean's Challenge Grant) in order to jump-start this project.  


Danielle Mihram, Leavey Library (USC Libraries) - Project lead, editor, and translator into English of the USC Voltaire Letters Collection. Author of:  About the Book Cover Illustration; About the Project; About the Collection; Transcription Conventions. See full bio.

Karen Howell, Leavey Library (USC Libraries) – Co-Author of: Provenance of the Voltaire Correspondence in the Hoose Library of Philosophy. See full bio.

Sasha Pearce, USC graduate 2016, now studying at the Sorbonne – Author of:  Paleography: A Brief Introduction; “V” is for Voltaire, sort of: Jean Louis-Wagnière and the Art of Letter WritingSee full bio. 

Ross Scimeca, Philosophy Library (USC Libraries) – Author of: Background to the Letters Between Voltaire and Frederick the Great.; and Co-Author of: Provenance of the Voltaire Correspondence in the Hoose Library of PhilosophySee full bio. 

Shekinah Thornton, Junior, USC Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences – Author of: Bibliography of Voltaire’s Works in USC’s Special Collections. See full bio.

Wayne Shoaf, Metadata and Digital Librarian for the USC Digital Library – Cataloguer of the digitized USC Voltaire letters, and Author of:  Best Practices of Metadata Creation in the USC Digital Libraries. See full bio.

Michaela Ullmann, Special Collections (USC Libraries) – Author of: The USC Voltaire Letters and their Institutional Context. See full bio.

Functional Specialists and Consultants:

Curtis Fletcher, Associate Director of the Polymathic Lab, USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study -  Project’s Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarly Communications specialist. See full bio.

Mike Jones, USC Library’s IT Web Operations – Project’s specialist for data visualization, book architecture, and representation of letter images. See full bio.

Rachel Mandell, Metadata Librarian at USC’s Digital Library -  Project’s specialist for audiovisual archiving and digital archive preservation. See full bio.

Ruth Wallach, Associate Dean of Public Services (USC Libraries) – Project’s consultant for Art and Architectural History, and project’s development. See full bio.


Natania Meeker, Departments of French and Italian and Comparative Literature, USC Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences – Scholar: French Enlightenment. See full bio.

Research Contributors

Carolyn Levi, Junior (2018-2019). Recipient of one of the 2018 Summer USC Undergraduate Research Associates Program (URAP).
See report (August 2018).  See full bio.

Volunteer, 2016 to the present:

Karén Ter-Sarkisian, (Research interest: History), Library intern at USC (Spring 2016), now Reference Librarian at the City of Commerce Public Library. See full bio.

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