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About the Junius Institute

The Junius Institute developed out of the collaborative efforts of a group of students and professors at Calvin Theological Seminary, particularly doctoral students in historical theology studying with Richard A. Muller. These efforts coalesced in 2008 with a growing recognition for the need to share electronic resources from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras that were available digitally. Out of this the Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) was created, a select database of digitally-accessible primary and secondary sources focused on theology and philosophy of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. PRDL was launched officially in 2009, in partnership with the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. In 2011, the PRDL moved to a new website and featured significant upgrades. At this point, it became clear that there were significant possibilities for a variety of digital projects as well as a need for the continued maintenance and improvement of the PRDL. Out of these recognitions the board members of the PRDL worked to develop an institutional home for the project as well as for the incubation and conversation related more broadly to digital research projects in the era of the Reformation. The result is the Junius Institute, which aims to serve as a catalyst for the development innovative digital research methods into the Reformation.

A Timeline on the Formation of the Junius Institute
Summer 2008
Fall 2008
Fall 2008 – Fall 2009
October 31, 2009
April 1, 2010
Summer 2010
October 31, 2011
Spring 2012
April 22, 2013