Adfontes is a website dedicated to an eLearning application developed and maintained by the History Department of the University of Zurich. It is in German, and aims to help students develop the skills necessary for archival work. The site consists of online tutorials for transcribing and dating Latin and German documents, using digitally reproduced samples of documents from the archives of the Abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland. Adfontes may be used free of charge, after registering and installing Shock Wave freeware. It is organized in four interlinked sections devoted to practical tasks, lessons and reference material. The 'Tutorium' section provides concise information on: transcription; chronology; dating; weights; and measures. In 'Training', students can transcribe online everything from pre-Carolingian manuscripts to 19th-century letters. A magnifying tool, helpful hints and the option to check results are supplied. The 'Archiv' section simulates a visit to the archives of Einsiedeln Abbey; 'Ressourcen' has tables, links and other reference material. Adfontes, besides winning a number of prizes, has been tested successfully as a teaching aid.
Produced by The National Archives, this interactive tutorial provides twelve step-by-step lessons in Advanced Latin vocabulary and grammar. An easy to use and free resource, it follows on from The National Archives' Beginner's Latin course and therefore assumes that the user has basic familiarity with the language. As the ability to read Latin at this level is essential for anyone wishing to use documents produced in England between 1066 and 1733, this tutorial is suitable not just for academics and students, but also for those interested in family or local history. Each lesson focuses on one or more aspect of Latin grammar, which is clearly and concisely explained. Users requiring more help can open extra windows for full explanations of terms or to access a word list or grammar table. At the end of each lesson, the user can try an interactive test and also attempt to translate some practice sentences. These sentences are taken from documents at The National Archives and provide not only attractive images for the website but also allow the user to develop confidence in translating historical manuscripts.
Archives d'Etat de Genève are responsible for maintaining, preserving and providing access to the archives of the republic and canton of Geneva. Their website has a good deal of information related to the services offered to researchers, including a list of publications with links to the full-text available online. Most useful for browsing the site is the thematical index listing the fonds and collections, the exhibitions held at the Archives d'Etat including the published exhibition catalogues, as well as projects under development. Users will also find simple online exhibitions taken from the archive's collections on subjects including: cinema and censorship; Swiss resistance activity in the Second World War; childhood; the drawings of Pierre Reymond; and prized documents from the archive.
Archives de la Ville de Genève is an organisation which collects, describes and preserves administrative documents produced by the various services of the genevese municipal government and several city communes. The Archives also hold a series of private collections donated by individuals or institutions, among which the fund of Sécheron company with works in the field of electrical engineering and mechanics. The website provides a brief overview of the organisation and its services in all the major European languages, but most detailed information about the content of the archives is in French. Direct access to detailed and well structured descriptions of all the individual collections is facilitated via browsing an alphabetical list by collection title or using an online keyword searching mechanism. Very useful are also the user online guides to how the collections are organised and described, and the rules for reservation and consultation of documents, including an online form. This site is of interest to anyone interested in the history of Geneva, particularly those researching genealogy, business records, and local history.
Archivio Storico Italiano On-line is a web 'extension' of the printed journal "Archivio Storico Italiano" (Italian History Archive), which proposes to enhance the contents of the review, which has been published from 1842 to the present. It makes available new information and services online, including databases for searching bibliographical and documentary data. The website is structured in several sections, including: a historical profile of the journal; information about the editorial team; access to abstracts of articles published from 2001 onwards; access to the full-text of some articles online; a historical index; a search tool for searching the online indices; and links to reviews. This resource would be of value to Italian historians as a means of locating relevant articles.
This is a website maintained by the History Department at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It is written in Gallegan. The website has not been updated since 1996, but contains some useful information for scholars interested in Galician palaeography, diplomatic and codicology. There is a directory of all the ecclesiastical, regional and municipal archives in Galicia providing good descriptions of each historical archive, content and mode of access. The pages on the history of writing in Galicia provide an overview of the main historical scripts in use in the Middle Ages. Each script is illustrated with one or more digital examples of documents. There is also a brief online bibliography and a gateway of links to related resources on the web.
The website "Le cartulaire" was developed by the mayor's office of Beaumont-de-Lomagne and provides information about and access to the full-text of "Cartulaire de Beaumont" or "Livre Jurataire". A 13th century manuscript written in Latin, the cartulary represents one of the most significant documentary sources for the history of the city of Beaumont. The website offers a well-researched and lengthy introduction into the history of this document, providing much historical and contextual detail, for example: the name of the city; the buildings; coats of arms; glossary of Latin terms; an index of the names in the cartulary. The cartulary is reproduced page by page both in image form and in full-text Latin transcription. The image quality is modest. Browsing through the content of the document (152 pages) is facilitated by a top menu grouping the manuscript pages into small groups of 10. An online glossary of Latin terms is also provided.
'Catalonian manuscripts' is a collection of images from two Catalonian manuscript books dating from the 15th century, and from a series of Catalan documents written between the 11th and the first half of the 16th century held at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley. The images are hosted in an image database at the Berkeley Digital Library SunSite and can be viewed as a gallery of thumbnails, or individually in low or high resolution formats. The two manuscript books are: a Catalan translation from the 15th century of 'De Consolatione philosophiae' by Boethius; and the 'Llibre del bisbe de Jaen' (Biblia parva). Both the manuscript books and the collections of documents are reproduced here in digital form in their entirety. The manuscript descriptions are brief but links to more detailed descriptions held in the Digital Scriptorium database at Berkeley SunSite are also given.
The website "Equipe de Recherche de Médiévistique" belongs to the CNRS research team on the Middle Ages affiliated with the Universite de Nancy 2. This research unit brings together medievalists, historians, linguists and archeologists from Universite de Nancy 2 in collaboration with researchers from other universities in France, such as Strasbourg, Metz and Reims. The site gives details of the current research projects of the team, which focus on medieval manuscript studies, diplomatics and codicology, medieval archives and online applications for medieval studies. There are also sections dedicated to publications, with introductions of books and volumes, and to the participation in other projects. This information is of interest to advanced researchers in the field of medieval studies and manuscript studies.
Anglo-Saxon Charters, or Kemble, is the project website of the British Academy - Royal Historical Society Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters, maintained by Professor Simon D. Keynes. Set up in 1966, the Committee exits to produce the definitive collected edition of the entire corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters, from the last quarter of the seventh century to the Norman Conquest, edited in accordance with modern standards. The term 'Anglo-Saxon charter' covers a wide range of documents including royal diplomas (mostly in Latin) and wills of churchmen, laymen, and women (in Anglo-Saxon). The surviving charters are for the most part records of grants of land or privileges by kings to religious houses, or to lay beneficiaries. There are also records of settlements of disputes over: land or privileges; leases of episcopal property; and records of bequests of land and other property. The site offers online access to the 'New Regesta Regum Anglorum', full texts of Anglo-Saxon royal diplomas, which can be searched by: archive; king; and kingdom. A revised electronic version of P. H. Sawyer, 'Anglo-Saxon Charters: an Annotated List and Bibliography' (London, 1968) containing a listing of all the charters is also available. The site contains a list of Committee members and publications, and a guide for editors of charters. There are also links to various working aids: the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) databas; listings of Anglo-Saxon bishops and abbots; a bibliography; and links to other websites. It is a useful reference resource mainly for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now the AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement scheme.
The website "Mediaevum.de" is a portal created and maintained by four medieval German scholars as a private enterprise dedicated to students, academic researchers and the general public interested in medieval German and Latin culture. The website compiles and provides access to extensive and authoritative information, sources and tools on the web for the study of these literatures in the high middle ages and the later middle ages and humanistic periods. All the links have descriptions with details of content and quality. The language of the site is German with an English introduction to the top-level pages. No full English version of the portal is currently being planned.
The website 'Medieval Palaeography' is an online introductory tutorial for a module on the M.A. course in English Local History at the University of Leicester. It is intended for use in the classroom, but it can be used by anyone interested in learning palaeography via the web. The tutorial focuses on teaching the basic ability to read and understand the hands and types of medieval documents usually encountered during research into medieval economic and social history. The site was created by Dr. Dave Postles (University of Leicester), and is a collaborative project between West Sussex Record Office and the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. Digital images of several 13th-century charters are used in this tutorial, with transcriptions and notes provided in pop-up windows. Also available on the site are: notes on various aspects of the charters; descriptions of different types of documents; bibliographies; a list of palaeographical terms; and self assessment exercises. The Medieval Palaeography website would be of interest to anyone wishing to consult original medieval documents, whether they are university students, local historians or amateur family historians.