The website "Gazette du livre médiéval" is the online edition of this quarterly bulletin published by the Association Paléographique Internationale: Culture, Écriture, Société (APICES). This journal has been in print since 1982 and represents the contribution of medievalists from various countries. The website provides access to an online journal subscription form, a browsable list of tables of contents for all the journal issues from the beginning to the most current, and links to the full-text of selected articles from various issues. There is a selection of articles, grouped under different categories. The site has a bibliography section, which offers access to a bibliography of manuscript collection catalogues, and a bibliography of manuscripts published in facsimile. The entire datafile can be downloaded in compressed text file.
This is the website for an AHRC-funded project to digitise both sides of more than 11,000 paper and parchment fragments from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. These are available online (in the Library’s catalogue, linked to from here) together with their catalogue descriptions. The John Rylands University Library’s collection of these fragments, which are mainly very small, includes: religious texts; literary material relating to grammar; philosophy; medicine; astrology; astronomy; letters; bills; notebooks. The project forms part of the Library’s contribution to international efforts to produce a union catalogue of all Genizah fragments worldwide and will enable scholars to identify fragments and easily compare them with collections held elsewhere.
Slovo: Towards a Digital Library of South Slavic Manuscripts is the website of an international project which aims to: increase cooperation between academic institutions studying medieval Slavic monastic culture; develop a website on Balkan literary heritage; create internationally agreed standards for the electronic publishing, description and encoding of medieval Slavic manuscripts. Pages on individual monasteries offer all or some of the following: an overview of monastery history; a description of manuscript collections and art treasures; a description of digitization efforts; links to manuscript descriptions; related links; bibliography; links to online articles or PDF files. Within the guidelines section is: an article on storing, publishing and researching Slavic manuscripts with computer technology, based on the work of the Repertorium Intitiative and the Slovo project; a ‘how to’ encode Slavic manuscripts within Text Encoding Initiative guidelines; and further documents on character set standardization, XML and advanced encoding resources which will be of interest specifically for those involved in the electronic publishing of medieval manuscripts. The links to current manuscript projects under ‘initiatives’ are of particular interest. This site will be of great use for researchers in the field of palaeoslavistics, and of significant interest to those researching medieval Slavic monastic culture.
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.
This website describes the Wollaton collection at the University of Nottingham, and the Heritage Lottery Fund and AHRC funded work to conserve, catalogue and provide access to and raise awareness of this important manuscript collection. The collection comprises "a rare and significant corpus of medieval textual and material artefacts", which once formed part of the Willoughby family's collections at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham. The collections significant is found in ten medieval manuscripts "which include a number of important vernacular literary texts from the 13th to 15th centuries. Works in English, French and Anglo Norman, and two texts in Latin, range in subject from romance and poetry to moral literature for the laity and lives of saints". With a long association with the Willoughby family, these manuscripts, although fragile, have little modern conservation and maintain evidence of their medieval creation. There are a further 42 rare printed books. The website includes descriptions of key items in the collection as well as information about the complimentary Heritage Lottery Fund (focussing on conservation, cataloguing a digitisation) and AHRC (examining the significance of the medieval manuscripts and the importance of the library as a whole) research projects.