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.
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.
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.
Providing students and tutors with free and useful practical advice on visiting an archive for the first time, this website by historian Nick Barratt also details costs of the training sessions that he runs. An online tutorial takes the student through the stages of using an archive, from locating the right institution and planning the visit, to how to handle documents, research techniques and the use of online material. Four short but comprehensive introductions to major archives explain how to get started at The National Archives, the British Library, the National Archive of Scotland and the National Library of Wales. Clearly laid out, if slightly dated in appearance and content, this user-friendly site provides a few links to archival resources and to relevant books.
The Australian Historic Records Register (AHRR) is a database describing non-government manuscripts and archives held in private ownership in Australia and relating to all parts of Australia. The main criteria for inclusion is relevance to Australia's social, economic, business, labour and cultural history at the local level, recording Australian life from the early years of European settlement until 1988. Subjects covered are as diverse as: family history, women and children's history, local history, rural properties, businesses, personal World War I and II histories, migrants and migration, sports and sporting clubs and festivals and celebrations. There are over 3,500 entries of private papers and records of business and community organisations, which were created as part of the Australian Bicentennial Historic Records Search carried out from May 1987 to April 1988. There are good descriptions of the archival material, usually submitted by the owner/contributor and edited by the Manuscript Section, and includes contact details for access to the primary material. The Register is also available as a microfiche, published in 1989, and as part of the Art, Heritage and Environment CD-ROM.
The website for the Digital Library of Castilla-La Mancha offers digital versions of resources which are physically held at public libraries in this Spanish region. At the time of cataloguing, the digital library contains more than 550 books; 100 historical newspapers and journals; and about 50 manuscripts from the early modern period to the present. This is an ongoing project financed by the government of Castilla-La Mancha and the Spanish ministry of culture, and it is expected a continuous growth of the collections. Texts and documents are conveniently organised by topics, but there are also search options and the possibility of browsing the collections by: title; language (Spanish and/or Latin); type of document; publisher; and author. However, although this is a digital library, there is a small number of records in the catalogue which have not been digitalised yet and only bibliographical details are available for these (this is the case, for example, of manuscripts in Latin). The site is available in Spanish only.
The Virtual Library of Andalusia is a project by the government of the Spanish region of Andalusia to digitalise resources available at public libraries and archives in this region. It brings together documents from the medieval period to the present in a wide variety of formats. The library is organised in several sections, according to resource types: manuscripts; incunabula; periodical publications; images (including engravings; drawings; and photographs); and maps. In addition to this there is an archive of sound and video files which includes popular songs; poetry readings; and short movies. Although each section can be browsed as a separate unit, users may search the whole library using several options available. There are also dedicated sections to several authors including: Juan Valera; Luis de Góngora; and the Jewish mystic Ibn Paqūda.
The Chester Beatty Library, situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle, houses notable collections of: Oriental art; Islamic manuscripts; early Biblical texts and other Christian manuscripts; early papyri; and Western prints and printed books. It was European library of the year in 2002. The website describes the library, its opening hours, and its permanent exhibitions. It also hosts an online image gallery of 36 of its Western, Islamic, and Far Eastern artefacts. A What's on section advertises special exhibitions and lectures, and an education section details workshops for schoolchildren. Short bibliographies accompany the sections on the various exhibitions.
The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) is a collaborative project between the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. Its purpose is to provide an archive of images of European sources of medieval polyphonic music. The images have been scanned from many collections in the UK, USA, Italy and other parts of Europe. Manuscript fragments have also been digitalised, and enhanced where possible. The first part of the project concentrated on the collection of fifteenth century British fragments, and then widened to include British pre-Reformation polyphony, finally including European fragments from 1300-1430. The site is mainly of interest to students, postgraduates, and researchers. It is easy to navigate with plenty of information on digital restoration, how to access images and identify medieval fragments of music. There are excellent accessible demonstrations of cleaning and animations of manuscripts that can be downloaded, though it is clearly stated at various points on the website that downloading will be slow. The site details the metadata about the images themselves, but refers the user to catalogues for manuscript metadata. A username and password are required to access images; this can be obtained by free registration via a PDF form, which must be downloaded and returned by post. Made available by the AHDS Performing Arts, the project has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB).
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 institutional repository of the University of Salamanca is an online collection of resources divided in four sections: digital library; research archive; didactic materials; and institutional and administrative documents. The digital library offers electronic versions of historical books; manuscripts; and periodicals physically held at the university. Documents were produced during the medieval and modern periods; and they are in Latin or Spanish. Also for researchers, there is a repository of research publications by scholars from the University of Salamanca. These cover all subjects, and materials can be searched or browsed by discipline; research group; PhD theses, and more. For tutors and lecturers there is a section with didactic materials and lecture notes. Users should note that, at the time of cataloguing, the number of resources in this area was somewhat limited. However, it is recommended to visit the Open Course Ware section in which it is possible to download whole course materials for units such as: "Linguistics applied to translation"; "Contemporary History of Europe: 20th Century"; and "History of Spain: Modern Period". The language of these materials is Spanish. Search options available make it easy to locate resources within the whole bank of materials.
This website, developed at La Trobe University in Melbourne, is a collection of scores, colour images, texts and bibliographic information of medieval music manuscripts held in various collections and libraries around the world. The database can be browsed by text, composer, genre, manuscript, or liturgical feast (the temporal cycle or the sanctoral cycle). It can be searched by text, melody, or descriptor. Information is provided about the SCRIBE software, which is a program for the encoding, storing, analysis and printing of medieval music. The manuscript descriptions are brief, giving details about inventories, contents, editions, concordances, as well as facsimiles and bibliographic references where they exist.
This is the website of Det kongelige Bibliotek: Håndskriftafdelingen (Manuscript Department at The Royal Library), the main national manuscript and archive collection in Denmark, with holdings covering the period from the early middle ages to the present. A large proportion of the manuscripts are related to European and especially Danish, history, literary and cultural history. The website provides useful information regarding the collections, guides to using manuscripts, a list of selected recent acquisitions, and access to various catalogues and registers, some online. There is also a facility to search manuscript acquisitions in a database covering the period 1924-1987, as well as in a library-wide acquisitions database for material purchased after 1988.
Archives littéraires suisses (ALS) were created in 1989 as part of the Bibliothèque nationale suisse in Berne. The collections concentrate on 20th century literary manuscripts from the four linguistic regions of Switzerland, and consist of over 100 large collections and 120 incomplete collections of interest in particular to those studying literature and journalism. In addition to information about the ALS, its history, acquisition policy, staff and services, the website also gives access to collection level descriptions of the main holdings, and in some cases to more detailed inventories of the collections' content. There is also a list of the ALS' own publications and details about projects under development. Of particular interest to researchers is the Répertoire sommaire des fonds manuscrits conservés dans les bibliothèques et archives de Suisse, a searchable online index to personal and family archives held in over 260 archives, libraries, museums and private collections in Switzerland.
This website describes the special collections held at St Andrews University, which include rare books, manuscripts, muniments, photographs and genealogical material. Particular strengths are in the history of the local area – North East Fife – and the long history of the University. The photographic collection, which can be searched from this website, is one of the largest in Scotland, and contains many examples of early photography, including the photographic archive of Valentines of Dundee and the archives of Robert M. Adam and George Cowie, amongst other photographers. The website also details the various documentation and digitisation projects taking place within the collections together with information about searching and accessing material.
The website of the York Doomsday Project provides information on a research project based at Lancaster University. The Project explores the 15th-century York Mystery Plays and their various social, intellectual, religious, and theatrical contexts and aims to collect all surviving evidence of performances, making the results available to scholars and teachers of medieval drama in the shape of: high resolution images; transcriptions; and interactive CD-ROMs. Information on this site includes: project progress reports; notes on the archives; and information on some of the individual manuscripts connected with the project.