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Emily Sneff

Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Karin Wulf
email: ejsneff@email.wm.edu
Current Research: Early America, Material Culture, History of the Book

Emily Sneff is a doctoral student interested in early American print and material culture. She received her M.A. in History from William & Mary in 2019. Before graduate school, Emily was the Research Manager of the Declaration Resources Project at Harvard University, and was responsible for research and resource development. In collaboration with Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Principal Investigator of the Declaration Resources Project, Emily conducted research on the Sussex Declaration, the second known contemporary manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence on parchment. Their paper, "The Sussex Declaration: Dating the Parchment Manuscript of the Declaration of Independence Held at the West Sussex Record Office (Chichester, UK)," was published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America in September 2018. Emily's interest in the various print and manuscript editions of the Declaration of Independence began at the American Philosophical Society Museum, where she was a member of the curatorial team for a series of exhibitions on Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the APS. Emily graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2011 with a BA in History and a minor in Museums and Society. Her honors thesis, "Furnishing Sloane's Nicknackatory: The Many Founders of the British Museum," and her fellowship at the Walters Art Museum during her final semester at Hopkins profoundly influenced her interest in material culture and digital humanities. In her first year at William & Mary, Emily was the digital apprentice for Ben Franklin’s World, a podcast about early American history, at the Omohundro Institute.