Amongst other positions, Allard Pierson (1831–1896) was a church minister in Leuven and Rotterdam, professor of theology in Heidelberg, and professor of art history, aesthetics, and modern languages in Amsterdam. He also became an authoritative literary critic, who corresponded with numerous contemporaries. The Allard Pierson Correspondence project makes his letters available online in the form of images of the originals and searchable transcripts of the texts.
Pierson’s letters have largely been collected and transcribed by Prof. Willem Balke, assisted by Benjamin van Bilsen MA. The preliminary results of their editing work have been transferred to the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING), where Mr Van Bilsen has taken care of a relaunch of the project.
Final work is currently being carried out by Nina Wijsbek MA (Huygens ING/Meertens Institute) and project leader Dr Ton van Kalmthout (Huygens ING). Prof. J. de Bruijn, Prof. O. Praamstra, Prof. Hans Trapman and Dr Gerlof Verwey are acting as advisers. Financial support is provided by the Coornhert Foundation.