This website, part of the Nation Archives Documents Online service provides free access to over 17,000 digital images of ancient petitions in the National Archives. These petitions date from the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) to James I (1603-25), with concentrations in the reigns of Edward I (1272-1307), Edward II (1307-1327) and Edward III (1327-1377). Petitions represent appeals for the righting of wrongs and for favours from the king, but additionally reveal social, political and linguistic information. This website allows this extensive collection to be searched by name, place, occupation, date and keywords, images may be downloaded by adding them to the ‘shopping cart’ – there is no charge for ancient petitions. The resource was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Resource Enhancement Scheme.
The bilingual site (German and French) "Antike und mittelalterliche Handschriften in der Schweiz" (Antique and Medieval manuscripts in Switzerland) is being published by the "Kuratorium 'Katalogisierung der mittelalterlichen und frühneuzeitlichen Handschriften der Schweiz'" (Curatorship 'Cataloguing of medieval and early modern Swiss manuscripts'). It displays the fruits of the work of this organization that helps and advises on the cataloguing and description of manuscripts and promotes the publication of manuscript catalogues. The site contains lists of all Swiss libraries, archives and museums holding manuscripts, together with links to their websites, relevant literature and catalogues. On a separate page it lists all recently published manuscript catalogues and provides a summary of the catalogue content. There is also a page dedicated to current cataloguing projects, often supported by the "Kuratorium". The site is well laid out and gets frequently updated.
This is an online finding aid for the Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The list contains manuscript descriptions, some detailed, and is browsable by manuscript shelfmark. It provides direct access to these manuscripts from the Beinecke Library website, supplementing the finding aids search tool on the Yale Finding Aid Project site. The finding aid contains descriptions of over 1,000 Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the Beinecke Library.
This is the website of the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence, which holds over 4,000 manuscript books, 5,000 loose papers and correspondence, drawings, and an extensive collection of printed books, including over 700 incunabula. The website provides a list of printed catalogues and other access tools relating to the collections. No electronic catalogue is available for searching the library holdings. There is also a list of projects in progress at the library, which includes a watermarks project, digital fascimiles of the library's illuminated manuscripts, and the published catalogue of dated manuscripts developed within the framework of the "Italian Dated Manuscripts" project. A short list of library publications and conference proceedings can also be browsed on the Riccardiana Library's website. There is an Italian and an English version of this website.
BibMan is an online catalogue providing access to secondary literature about manuscripts written in the Latin alphabet and preserved in libraries and repositories in Italy. The project involves over 40 Italian institutions and is coordinated by the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane (ICCU) in Rome. The period covered by the catalogue stretches from the 5th century with a manuscript by Virgilio Mediceo (FI 100 Plut.39.1) from the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana to the present with a corpus of letters of the poet Vincenzo Cardarelli (PV 293 Fondo Cardarelli) acquired in 1998 by the Centro di ricerca sulla tradizione manoscritta di autori moderni e contemporanei. The database currently lists in excess of 43,000 manuscript records, over 60,000 records of manuscript citations, and more than 4,800 author names. It can be searched by: author, manuscript title, shelfmark, or keyword. A list of institutions taking part into the project is accessible. At the time of this review the website appears to be available in Italian only but an English version is envisaged.
The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts is an online resource published by the University of California at Los Angeles which keeps track of the growing number of fully digitized manuscripts available on the Web. The site has a search engine which allows users to search online manuscripts according to date, location, author, title, shelfmark, languages, or provenance. A browse function offers users a quick grasp of what is available in this database under these and other headings. The sources are immediately and easily accessible. The site links to hundreds of manuscripts and promises thousands more, with the growing digitisation of these fragile, rare and valuable sources so essential for medievalists. Although some links were broken at the time of review, the site is regularly maintained and is an invaluable support for Medieval Studies.
The British Library website has provided this online exhibition featuring the Crace collection of maps of London. Collected by the 19th-century designer, Frederick Crace (1779-1859), these 1,200 printed and hand-drawn maps chart the development of the cities of London, Westminster, and their environs from around 1570 to 1860. Users can trace the destruction and recovery of the City in and after the Great Fire of 1666, and the expansion of the East and West Ends. The documents include: plans; board games; maps; street directories; and views and elevations. They cover all types of topographical unit, from the whole area of London and its surrounds to individual buildings. The collection is a most important resource for the history of London, and this website will be great interest and value for any researcher working on the city and the surrounding areas.
All the items in this exhibition are available to view via a listing, and a search engine is also provided. Clicking on any title provides a short description, medium, date and cartographer, with the image. By clicking on the more metadata button, further information relating to the size, scale and ratio of each map is also available. As well as an option to print a full size copy, there is also a facility for an interactive zoomable image (requires Flash).
This website contains scans of over 80 early manuscripts from collections associated with the University of Oxford. It forms the culmination of the Early Manuscript Imaging Project, which sought to create a wider availability for original texts that might otherwise be too fragile for handling. The scanned manuscripts are all regarded as major treasures, and date from the 9th Century onwards. Particular mention is made of the Celtic manuscripts in the collection, which are of Irish, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton origin. Otherwise, most of the texts are in Latin, with a few in English, Old English, Greek, or other European languages. The manuscripts are catalogued by collection, and descriptions are given of the contents. The electronic scanning has necessarily been conducted at high definitions, usually around 600dpi. As a result of this, each manuscript page takes up a significant amount of memory, and it is recommended that readers access the images from computers with fast Internet connections, and export the images into viewing software that enables rescaling, in order to render the text readable. Copyright information is given for each manuscript, although permission is not usually required when using the images for personal research use.
The Electronic Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts project makes available an online catalogue describing the western medieval and renaissance manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. The project is partly funded by the J. Paul Getty Trust and is managed within the Bodleian's Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts. The online catalogue will include page images from the 'Summary' catalogue (Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series. Oxford, 1895-1953) and the 'Quarto' series of catalogues. The website contains: a description of the project and its progress; a sample of cataloguing terms; and links to descriptions of manuscript collections. Each collection is catalogued (with shelfmarks, description and bibiliography), and some entries contain selected digitised images. As a whole, the resource represents the ongoing results of a tremendous amount of work, and would be of value to anyone with a professional or academic interest in manuscripts and in archives and their development.
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.
The electronic collection of the University of Seville acts as a digital repository of historical photographs; PhD theses; and digitised version of old printed books, journals and manuscripts. The collection is divided in three clear sections for each type of materials. The electronic collection of ancient and rare materials includes books, newspapers and manuscripts from the 15th to the 20th century. It can be browsed by subject and date of publication; or the user may alternatively perform a free-text search using the many options available. The photographic library is the digital version of a project which began in 1907 to create a library of art images, although it expanded soon after to include other photographs which today are invaluable for the contemporary history of Spain, and Andalucia in particular. The repository of PhD theses offers electronic versions of doctoral works in a wide variety of disciplines. For all collections search options and navigation are available in English, but information pages and most text contents are in Spanish only.
The website of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) offers a catalogue of over 250,000 texts, and a substantial collection of digital manuscript images. The physical library (at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota) houses the world's largest collection of manuscript images: the library preserves manuscripts, printed books and art, and undertakes photographic projects worldwide. The collection falls into two parts: Western manuscripts, and Eastern Christian manuscripts. It is particularly strong in art, history, literature, music, philosophy, and theology. Items are in Latin, Greek, and the vernacular languages of Western Europe.
The website offers a wealth of material. The Research section provides information about the collection, and advice on finding items on the site. The Vivarium (the online collection of digitised manuscripts and other images) is equipped with a wide variety of search functions. Additionally, a page describes the 'Arca Artium' collection donated to St John's University in 1995, and another showing excerpts from the Saint John's Bible commissioned to mark the 2000 millennium. The site is aimed at a wide audience, from the research scholar to the general public.
"The Hunterian Collection" website provides a brief overview and guide to the vast library of rare books collected by Dr William Hunter (1718-1783), doctor to Queen Charlotte and eminent anatomist. The collection, housed at the University of Glasgow, is one of the most significant in the UK, and contains over 10,000 printed books and 650 manuscripts. The manuscript collection includes substantial medieval and Renaissance materials, and over 100 Persian, Arabic and Sinilogical documents. The printed books include 534 incunabula (ten Caxtons) and a vast quantity of sixteenth century volumes. Unsurprisingly, a large proportion of the materials are of a medical nature (including editions of Hippocrates, Galen and Harvey), however literature is also well-represented, as is travel. There are materials on the East Indies and the South Seas. The Hunterian Collection also contains Hunter's own materials as well as those of his mentor James Douglas. The site lists finding aids and descriptions, with links to the online exhibitions or to the library catalogue for some of its holdings. Also, the items from the collection featured in the "book of the month" articles on the main page of the University of Glasgow website are listed separately with their respective links.
The Index of Medieval Manuscripts online database aims to enable readers to locate references to specific manuscripts within a corpus of printed works. The database includes details of manuscripts of English and French texts, mostly literary and historical. The database is searchable by: title; date; contents; author; provenance; and associated people or manuscripts. Each record provides brief notes for most of the searchable fields, together with bibliographic references to selected works within the printed corpus that provides the basis for this project.
The website 'Institut für Altegeschichte und Altertumskunde, Papyrologie und Epigraphik' is the homepage of the Department of Ancient History and Civilisations, Papyrology and Epigraphy at the University of Vienna. It is one of five departments and one institute which offer courses and special studies in history at this university. Founded in 1876, but with roots running back to 1850, the department lists affiliated faculty and researchers, along with their publications. Past, current and upcoming courses are posted, as well as online discussion forums and special talks and seminars. Some syllabi are available as downloads. The department lists the grants and funding bodies that support its students. There is a link to the department's special library collection, which features an online catalogue with a search function that will interest researchers. Catalogues for papyri and epigraphy can be downloaded directly. There is a good links list with bibliographical information.
The website of The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA) provides information about the activities of the organisation as well as descriptions of online catalogues and collections of Islamic manuscripts. The organisation, founded in 2006, describes itself as 'an international effort to protect Islamic manuscripts', and runs projects related to issues of cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, and research and publishing. The website provides a number of resources on these themes that will be of interest to scholars and archivists working with Islamic manuscripts as well as to those working in manuscript studies more generally. It will also be of direct relevance to scholars of Islamic Studies looking for primary sources, as it includes links to: outside projects related to Islamic manuscripts; the UNESCO memory of the world register, which includes nine collections related to Islamic studies; eight online catalogues of Islamic manuscripts; 11 digital manuscript collections; and more general resources for research. This is a good first source for information on Islamic manuscript collections, with links that will lead researchers to further valuable resources.
The Islamic Manuscripts website, moderated by Professor Jan Just Witkam of Leiden University, provides inventories of major manuscript collections and a wealth of other information related to Islamic manuscripts. The website includes recent inventories of the Oriental manuscripts collections at Leiden University and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. It also has a reference library section, which gives access to digital versions of older catalogues of Islamic manuscripts from various European collections. In addition the reference library makes available many out-of-print or difficult to find articles and monographs related to Islamic manuscripts. Of particular interest to students of Islamic manuscripts and manuscript studies will be Professor Witkam's online course in Islamic palaeography, which provides an introduction to the subject as well as over 35 extracts from manuscripts in Arabic and Persian, with transcriptions and notes for students to guide them through different script styles. This website will be of particular interest to researchers and advanced students looking for catalogues and other information related to Islamic manuscripts.
The Jordanus database comes from a collaboration between the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Institute for the History of Science in Munich. Its main focus is on mathematical manuscripts of all western languages written before 1500 - they claim to now have incorporated the majority of those, more than 13,000 - but a good number of manuscripts from neighbouring science disciplines plus non-science material can be found there as well. Records can be searched for not only by name and author but also by several other fields, like the library that currently houses it, the city in which the library is situated or language or year. Even a shelfmark search is possible. The whole website interface is bilingual in German and English.
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 main purpose of the Kommission für schrift- und buchwesen des mittelalters der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Commission for writing and book natures of the Middle Ages) is to produce a series of catalogues of manuscripts, some concentrating on describing discrete manuscript collections in detail, while others dealing with various aspects of manuscripts, such as illumination, or manuscripts written in a certain language, or dated and datable manuscripts. There is information on the website about the specific cataloguing projects undertaken by the Commission. Some of this work has already been completed and a list with the publication details for various catalogues and articles is readily available on the website.
Heidelberg University Library has made available online page images and catalogue entries for 27 late Medieval illustrated manuscripts which originate from the Bibliotheca Palatina (Palatine Library). The manuscripts were produced by three 15th century German workshops ("Elsässische Werkstatt von 1418", "workshop of Diebold Lauber" at Hagenau, "workshop of Ludwig Henfflin") and include legal, religious, literary and historical titles. Holdings are in German, often in the dialect of the scribe or the patron commissioning the manuscript. The script or book hand belongs to the 'bastarda' family of scripts. The project received funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and is a collaboration with Heidelberg University Institute for Art History. The site is in German with the exception of an English introduction.
The database of images includes metadata about iconographic features, classified according to the Iconclass system. Searches of the database may be restricted by manuscript, title, workshop, artist, Iconclass notation and terms, and ornamentation. The results page displays thumbnails of the page images matching the search criteria. Manuscripts may be browsed by shelfmark or by the title or author of works contained within (e.g. Bible, book of nature, chronicle, Wolfram von Eschenbach). Images are easily navigated and a version is available for printing (PDF). A detailed glossary is also provided together with introductions to book production in the Middle Ages and to each of the workshops. The project has also digitized excerpts or the full-text (in HTML or PDF) of a number of reference works and catalogues relating to the outputs from the workshops and the holdings of the Palatine Library. High-resolution images from the manuscripts may be ordered from the project and delivered on CD-Rom.
MANUS is a searchable database of manuscripts held in Italian libraries, providing access to their full catalogue descriptions of manuscripts, titles and author information, incipit and explicit, and related bibliographies. Additionally present is the location of the original manuscripts. More than one hundred Italian libraries have taken part in the project under the guidance of the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche (ICCU). An alphabetical list of libraries involved is available to view. Both simple and advanced searches are possible, as well as browsing using available indices (concordances, dated and datable manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts, music manuscripts, bindings, names, autographs, scripts, titles, names in the title, incipit, explicit). The section "News" offers updated information relating to the project and new addition to the database.
The Manuscripts of the West Midlands website describes a project based at the University of Birmingham. The project aims to provide a catalogue of vernacular manuscript books of the West Midlands: an extensive collection of historical and linguistic data connected to Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire between 1350 and 1475. There are many extant sources originating in the West Midlands area, which allows a great deal of regional study to be undertaken, and insights into manuscript geography to be gained. The site is likely to be of interest to those researching or studying the history of the West Midlands, history of the book, or manuscript studies. The catalogue can also be downloaded in XML format from the Oxford Text Archive website (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS)). The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement Scheme.
The website "Manuscrits médiévaux des monastères et chapitres vosgiens. Catalogues and inventoires" is an online version of the second volume of Marie-José Gasse-Grandjean's doctoral thesis entitled "Livres manuscrits et librairies dans les abbayes et les chapitres vosgiens des origines au XVIe siècle", presented in 1989 at Universite Nancy 2 (2 vol., 752 p. + pl.). This volume brings together various research sources, including: a catalogue of the surviving Vosgian manuscripts, a presentation of ancient book catalogues from Vosgian monasteries, and a list of books found in various archives.The complete text of the volume is available online, as well as an extensive bibliography and a few digital images of manuscripts. The catalogue of surviving manuscripts is presented in a searchable database form, and includes comprehensive indexes for each search field. This resource is particularly useful to the specialist manuscript researcher. The site is now archived.
The Medieval Bestiary website is an attempt by an independent scholar (David Badke) to assemble a database of information about: medieval bestiaries; their antecedents; and the medieval view of animals in general. Useful aspects of the site include: a list of manuscripts by institution and shelf-mark (for each there is a brief description and bibliography); an alphabetical listing of animal names together with a brief description of their attributes and a representative image; and a small encyclopaedia of short articles on topics relating to bestiaries and their authors. The site also offers a small "digital text library" of full-text articles (PDF) and digital copies of: 'The Bestiary of Philippe de Thaon' (Cotton Nero A V, ff 41r-82v. edited by Thomas Wright, 1841); 'Physiologus: A Metrical Bestiary Of Twelve Chapters' by Bishop Theobald (1928 facsimile of that published in Cologne, 1492); and 'Symbolism of Animals and Birds Represented in English Church Architecture' by Arthur H. Collins (New York 1913). A lengthy bibliography (with notes) can be viewed by subject and the site includes a search engine. This site is an excellent resource for medieval scholars.
One of the many results from decades of study and work by Professor L.M. de Rijk (Universiteit Leiden) on logical texts of the Middle Ages, is the Medieval Logical Manuscript website. The database itself contains hundreds of entries listing the incipit, location, title, number of folios, and a host of other details. Searches can be conducted by medieval author, country, library holding, and even by content. The amount of information displayed by each search is at the discretion of the user, who may select from a variety of different fields to suit their needs. It is also possible to quickly scroll through the list of authors available and this method is probably the most efficient in beginning any search. All of this results in a fast and easy to use catalogue that will be of value to anyone conducting advanced studies of medieval philosophy in Latin. The catalogue entries are, of course, primarily limited to the research of Professor de Rijk, and so do not contain every available relevant Latin manuscript. However, the extent and number of entries is so great that it would be unlikely to not find some resource on a given medieval author. Users should take note of the introductory background material, which clarifies certain restrictions, and organizational features of the search facility. Moreover, the database cannot be browsed from the main page.
The website 'Medieval Manuscripts of Canon Law and Roman Law' provides access to a list of Canon law incipits compiled and maintained by Dr Giovanna Murano, and to a database of Canon law and Roman law manuscript shelfmarks developed by Gero Dolezalek at the University of Leipzig. The website aims to provide a comprehensive cumulative inventory of all manuscripts of Canon law and Roman law mentioned in catalogues or in legal-historical publications. It is designed as a tool for scholars in order to assist with the discovery of who published what, where and on which manuscript. In addition, the website also provides a gateway of annotated links to other web resources related to manuscripts of medieval Canon Law and Roman law and to some general medieval manuscripts sites. The Canon Law incipit list can be downloaded as a compressed file.
Narrative Sources is an online database of historical narrative documents written in the Low Countries between 600 and 1550. Based on the Repertorium van verhalende historische bronnen uit de Middeleeuwen by Marijke Carasso-Kok (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1981), this database aims to provide references to all texts (annals, letters, diaries, etc.) which describe the past in a narrative way. In geographical scope it covers not only Belgium and the Netherlands but French Flanders, French Hainault, eastern Friesland, northern Rhineland and Liège. Each record in the database provides the title of a text, its incipit, explicit, manuscript reference or pressmark (including folio numbers) and printed editions. Searches may be limited to searchable field. A useful downloadable guide is also available. The database is available in English or Dutch and is updated yearly. The database offers a navigation menu in the left-hand frame. Although free to use, registration is required.
This handy website, compiled by John Herrington and hosted by Georgetown University, provides a short introduction to Anglo-Saxon manuscripts written in, or containing, Old English. Introductory matter is kept to a minimum, however, since the main purpose of the site is to provide an Excel spreadsheet which aims to list all the available facsimiles of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. Nevertheless, users will find information on: the historical background of Old English manuscripts; Facsimilies of manuscripts; and instructions on using the database. N. R. Ker's 'Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon' (Oxford, 1957) is the cornerstone of this database. Manuscripts are listed by Ker number, perhaps slightly confusingly, in three sequences. Each entry contains the pressmark, the major contents of the manuscript, author (if known) and approximate date. Lastly, there is a reference to the facsimile. The spreadsheet also includes a listing by by date. This tool is extremely useful for tracking down manuscript surrogates, a task which can be time-consuming and frustrating. The spreadsheet is offered in versions for Excel 4.0 and 5.0.
The Islamic manuscripts section of the Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections website provides researchers with digital versions of both published and unpublished catalogues of the manuscripts in the library's collections. The library holds the largest collection of Islamic manuscripts in North America, with 11,000 volumes of Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish manuscripts. The collection focuses on Islamic learning, but also contains examples of illuminated manuscripts and other arts of the book. The website gives access to scanned versions of three of the four published catalogues of the manuscript collections (1938 to 1987), and an unpublished 'Preliminary Checklist of Uncatalogued Islamic Manuscripts' (2004). The site also provides links to descriptions of specific collections of Arabic calligraphy, Arabic papyri, and illustrated Shahnamah manuscripts. This site will be a valuable resource for advanced researchers in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies looking for information on Islamic manuscript collections.
The production and use of English manuscripts 1060 to 1220 is the website for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project of the same title. The project intends to 'identify, analyse and evaluate all manuscripts containing English written in England between 1060 and 1220'. A collaboration between the Universities of Leeds and Leicester, the project aims to produce a corpus of material in order to address fundamental questions about the evolution of medieval English textual culture. The project will also analyse the manuscripts': place of origin; contents; audience; and reasons why they were written. The status of written English in relation to French and Latin will also be addressed. The site provides information on activities and publications by the Project and its team, as well as a catalogue of manuscripts, an online newsletter archive, and a related bibliography. The work of this project would be of interest to researchers and students of: linguistics; manuscripts studies; and English.
The website "Schøyen Collection" is a private collection of manuscript items comprising most types of material and content from around the world, spanning over 5,000 years, owned by Martin Schøyen. Containing 13,010 items, it is the largest private manuscript collection formed in the 20th century. This website comprises a detailed checklist of manuscripts arranged by subject, chronology, country, and provenance. About 600 manuscripts are explained in detail with images of sample pages. These manuscripts include examples of patristic literature, writings on world religions, mathematical tables, and some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Smaller collections that may be previewed over the Internet deal with subjects such as Roman military diplomas, slavery, wine and beer, and literary letters.
The website of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit provides information about the Unit's manuscript collection and research. Based in Cambridge University Library, the Unit holds 140,000 fragments of Hebrew documents from the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo. Much of the material dates from the 11th to the 13th centuries. The main scholarly resource accessible from the site is the Genizah Online Database, which offers cataloguing and bibliographic information, together with images of selected fragments. The database has particular strengths for the study of Targumic and medical manuscripts, for which high resolution images are available. A brief bibliography is also provided, together with an online newsletter, and details of the research interests of the Unit's staff.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project to “document, consolidate, catalogue and make accessible” the rare Tibetan and Mongolian books (centred on those acquired by the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 1903–4) in the University Library Cambridge, the British Library and the Bodleian. As well as conservation and cataloguing of these collections (little exploited since being removed from Tibet) a key aim of the project is to allow the virtual reconstruction of incomplete texts and series and reunite works across the three institutions with companion pieces in Tibet. With the Mongolian collections, a catalogue of blockprints and manuscripts at the British Library has been created, which will form the basis of a Union Catalogue of Mongolian Resources. The website describes the project in some detail and links to the Catalogue of Tibetan Manuscripts and Blockprints.
Trismegistos is an online 'platform' or service which enables the cross-searching of a variety of projects dealing with metadata of published documents relating to the study of late period Egypt (roughly 800 BCE - 800 CE). The aim of this developing service is to overcome any barriers of language and discipline in the study of documents written not only in Greek, Latin, and Egyptian in its various scripts, but also in Aramaic, Carian, and other languages. In total it contains nearly 100,000 records. The basis of the online resource is a searchable database, of collections of papyrological and epigraphic texts by the Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Collections and the project Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt. The 'Leuven home page of papyrus collections' is a comprehensive and invaluable database of information on collections of papyrus and ostraca from the ancient Mediterranean world (circa 2000 B.C.- circa 500 A.D.) scattered in almost 30 countries and 350 institutions. It includes contact details and URLs of many of the scholars and institutions active in papyrological research. The database appears to be an on-going project and the level of detail and number of links listed for individual collections vary considerably. There is a straightforward keyword search but the collection can also be browsed by country of origin, by institution and, where known, by archive provenance. References to literary papyri are cross-linked with the Leuven Database of Ancient Books (LDAB), though this is not immediately apparent. Several useful sections describe and contextualise public and private archives in antiquity and describe how they have survived and come down to us in the modern world. Many of the entries on individual institutions also provide brief accounts of their collection history in addition to summaries of past and present research projects. This is a valuable resource, particularly as a gateway site, for researchers in archaeology and Egyptology, ancient history, classics and biblical studies who are interested in papyri and related materials.
This new and unique wiki, hosted by The National Archives but 'clearly distinct' from its main website, allows users to share information about archival sources held at The National Archives and other UK archives. Once first time users have registered, they can comment on various parts of The National Archives website, including the catalogue, the National Register of Archives and the research guides, or they can transcribe a document from Documents Online. As content is provided by both The National Archives staff and by the public, The National Archives does not vouch for the accuracy of the information on Your Archives. Users must therefore be aware that the quality of content may vary. This is a free and straightforward to use site, with helpful guidance and encouragement about how to contribute or edit information. Content is divided into broad themes and within these articles are listed alphabetically; there is a search facility. Launched in April 2007, this wiki offers relatively few resources at present, but will evolve as more articles are added.