Professor Robb's project of creating a digital archive of the letters of an 18th century Mughal woman was featured in the latest issue of Penn Today. Professor Robb worked on the Persian-language archive of Elizabeth Sharif-un-Nusa with the aid of graduate students Max Johnson Dugan, Ali Noori, and Hallie Nell Calhoun Swanson as well as undergraduates Michael Goerlitz and Juliana Lu.
“As soon as I saw these letters, my jaw dropped,” Robb says. “The rarity of having a collection of 18 long and juicy letters, written in hand, perfectly preserved from the 18th century, was astonishing. I mean, this was a real treasure trove.”