This website is the online presence of the Ancient and Medieval Studies Reading Room of the Butler Library at Columbia University. Although the site's primary intended audience is members of Columbia University (some resources require a username and password), free access is provided to a number of features which may be of interest to a wider public. These include: a guide to the publications of Monumenta Germaniae Historica; a basic bibliography in medieval history; and a finding aid to Papal documents. There is also a list of links to various resources relevant to ancient and medieval studies that are available on the Internet, as well as a listing of electronic journals. Information is also provided on the Reading Room's physical collection, which consists of over ten thousand volumes of reference books of interest to researchers studying the literature and history of Greco-Roman antiquity and the middle ages. The collection is a selection of primary texts as well as commentaries, concordances, and reference works useful in study of these texts.
Benediktinerkloster Engelberg is the website of the Benedictine monastery and its private monastic library surviving in Engelberg since the 12th century. The pages dedicated to the library are few and grouped under the section Kultur. They give a general overview of the library's holdings comprising 1,000 manuscripts, of which over 300 are medieval. The library also holds a large collection of incunabula and other rare books, periodicals and modern books. As an example of its precious medieval holdings the library has made available on the website a brief description of its Codex 60 (um 1330), Psalterium mit Cantica, Kalender, Allerheiligenlitanei, Gebeten, and digitised images of some of its folios.
This is the website of the Bergendal collection of manuscripts, believed to be the largest library of medieval codices in private hands in the Americas and one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is a simple site providing a listing of all the manuscripts in the collections. The main highlights of the collection are given full catalogue descriptions and are accompanied by a digital image representative of each manuscript. This online resource is mainly useful to manuscript scholars. However, more manuscript images would be helpful to a more general user.
This is an online inventory-catalogue of the Ambrosiana drawings developed by the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame in cooperation with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy. The Ambrosiana collection has over 12,000 drawings by European artists who were active from the fourteenth through to the nineteenth century. The inventory database contains over 7,500 descriptive records and approximately 5,000 images of drawings from this collection. The catalogue is fully searchable using a series of indexes including title, artist, medium, subject, shelfmark and bibliography. Integrated thesaurus-type lists are provided to aid searching by artist names and subject keywords. A comprehensive online guide offering help with searching and advanced Boolean operators is also available. An alphabetically-arranged bibliography containing works cited in the catalogue records is availabe on the Website for browsing. There is also a bibliography on the history of the Ambrosiana collection, and one on the Ambrosiana exhibitions.
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.
Codex Gigas is a website hosting a digitisation of a 13th-century Bible, known as the 'Devil's Bible'. The Bible was made in medieval Bohemia, and is said to be the largest extant medieval Bible. The Bible is now owned by the Kungliga biblioteket (National Library in Stockholm), which created this resource. High quality images of all folios of the codex are available, each of which can be magnified in order to see detail or read the text. The images can be browsed by folio number, or highlights can be viewed by type of content (for example: names; Old Testament; New Testament; or Calendar). In addition to the images, the site provides: a history of the manuscript; a description of the codex; and a discussion of the content size and purpose of this Bible. Also helpful are the: bibliography; biographies; and glossary of manuscript terms. The site is well designed and easy to use, and would be of interest to anyone studying medieval manuscripts, or medieval theology. The site is also provided in Swedish and Czech.
The Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG) website gives access to high resolution digital images of medieval codices in the Abbey Library of St Gallen in Switzerland (now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre). The aim is to bring these codices to a wider audience, and to partially replace the use of the fragile originals in the library. The codices available are shown in their entirety (including images of their binding), in high enough resolution to facilitate close study of their makeup as well as their content. Manuscripts represented range from: bibles; calendars; and antiphonals to: saints' lives; histories of the crusades; and a book of German pre-reformation songs. The site is available in French, German, English and Italian and includes a description of the CESG project and a brief history of the Abbey Library. The images are available for educational and research use, providing that the source is correctly cited, and are accompanied by detailed descriptions. This site would be of great interest to anyone studying medieval manuscripts and codices, and also to students of medieval palaeography, theology and philosophy.
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 website "Manuscript Collections: University of Glasgow" is a useful aid for those requiring information on the extensive manuscript collections held by the University. The site lists the collections by name, so obviously the user has to know in which collection the information they seek is to be found. Having selected the collection, the user is provided with a brief description. There is also a collection of over 5,000 miscellaneous manuscripts, which comprise materials as diverse as papyrus documents from Roman Egypt, oriental manuscripts, and a Papal Bull of Adrian VI. There is an online manuscripts catalogue which greatly facilitates locating materials. One of the most significant collections is the Ferguson Collection, with volumes on Chemistry, Rosicrucianism, Witchcraft and Demonology, Free Masonry, Alchemy, and Gypsy literature. There are also collections of the works and correspondence of many famous architects, musicians, authors, and artists. On a practical level, on the website there are instructions as to how to order manuscripts, and information for remote users, as well as a useful link to Edinburgh University's manuscript catalogue.
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 Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum website contains useful information about the institution and its collections. The collections section (online exhibitions) includes short text and several pictures on drawings and prints; medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; rare printed books; literary and historical manuscripts; music manuscripts; ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets; paintings and art objects. Most of the artistic objects are from ecclesiastical contexts of the European Middle Age and Renaissance. Among the works described are a Latin Bible printed by Johann Gutenberg (Biblia Latina); miniatures form the Old Testament with Latin and Persian inscriptions (Saul Slaying Nahash and the Ammonites and Samuel Anoints Saul and Sacrifices to the Lord); the autograph manuscript by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of symphony K.385; paintings by Peter Paul Rubens; an autograph manuscript by Henry David Thoreau; and Mesopotamian seals and cuneiform tablets. The online exhibitions have been nominated in the competition for Best On-line Exhibition or Activity Site in 'Museums and the Web 2004 : Best of the Web'. This website contains sections useful to almost all arts and humanities and is a resource for use by the general public or students. The Morgan Museum and Library was re-built in 2006; the newly enlarged building was designed by architect Renzo Piano.
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.