Manuscript Collections & Collection Hubs: Sacred and Secular

Unlike all other manuscript centers and websites, we cross-reference every Biblical manuscript with every other Biblical manuscript and, in addition, we cross-reference every Biblical manuscript with every relevant, major secular manuscript.

Note: A “collection hub” is a collection of collections.

A

American manuscript collections

American
Manuscripts.

University of Texas Archives and Manuscripts Section of the Center for American
History

Harry Ramson Humanities
Research Center

American literary manuscripts. University of Texas

Juilliard Manuscript
Collection

The Juilliard Manuscript Collection is a collection of 140 priceless autograph
manuscripts, sketches, engravers proofs and first editions.

Australian manuscript collections

Australian literary
manuscripts.

The database consists of electronic guides for more than eighty collections of
Australian literary manuscripts.

B

Bible manuscripts

Codex Sinaiticus
Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten
well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek,
including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. The Codex Sinaiticus
Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in
digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time.

Dead Sea Scrolls

Scrolls From The Dead Sea. Library of Congress exhibition.

Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls

UCLA Qumran Visualization Project

Dead Sea Scrolls Institute

Dead Sea scrolls, Wikipedia entry.

Gutenberg Bible. Gutenberg Digital, The Göttenberg  Gutenberg Bible, Germany.
View by chapter and page. All 1282 pages of both volumes. Johann Gutenberg: His Life.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan.
Manuscripts, indices, codices, Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts.

Biblioteca Vaticana
The Vatican Library, Rome.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France manuscript collection.

Mandragore, base iconographique du département des Manuscrits

Blogs

Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library hosts a huge collection of rare books,  manuscripts,
maps, musical scores and prints, including several first edition folios by
William Shakespeare.

Bodlean Library Illuminated Manuscript
Collection, Oxford University.

Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals.
The site provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions
associated with the University of Oxford.

British Library manuscript collections

British Library
‘Turning the Pages’ manuscript website.

The Lindisfarne Gospels, the Diamond Sutra, the Sforza Hours, the Leonardo
notebook, the Golden Haggadah, the Luttrell Psalter, Blackwell’s Herbal,
Vesalius and the Sherborne Missal and others.

British literary manuscript collections

British
Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660?1900

British Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660-1900 is the first release in
Gale?s British Literary Manuscripts Online series. This extensive digital
archive includes hundreds of thousands of pages of poems, plays, essays,
novels, diaries, journals, correspondence and other manuscripts from the
Restoration through the Victorian era. These  documents can now be
accessed by students, instructors and researchers everywhere.

Bodlian Library,
Oxford University, Luna database of manuscripts.

A collaboration between ARTstor and the Bodleian Library to produce 25,000
images from 35mm filmstrip negatives and positive slides. Material includes
medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Buddhist manucripts

Buddhist manuscripts.
The Early Buddhist Manuscript Project. The British Library and The University
of Washington. Scrolls written in the Kharosthi script and the Gandhari
(Prakrit) language.

Chester Beatty Library
Permanent exhibitions of eastern and western manuscripts, sacred texts and
miniature paintings.

Byzantine manuscripts

Center for the Study of New Testament
Manuscripts

Producing digital photographs of extant Greek New Testament manuscripts and
announcing new discoveries.

The Charrette Project
A scholarly, multi-media electronic archive containing medieval manuscripts of
Chrétien de Troyes’s Le Chevalier de la Charrette(Lancelot,ca. 1180).
Department of Romance Languages, Princeton University.

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland.
Permanent exhibitions of eastern and western manuscripts, sacred texts and
miniature paintings.

Chinese manuscripts

The City and the Book
International congress held May, June, September, 2001 at Certosa, Florence.

Codices

Codice and
illuminated manuscripts.

A website and web directory by James G. Pepper.

D

Dead Sea Scrolls

Digitalized images online.
Projects, indices, research libraries with manuscript collections, interpreting
manuscripts.

Medieval
Manuscripts; links to manuscript websites.

The Age of King Charles V (1338-1380):
1,000 Illuminations from the Department of Manuscripts,The Bibliothèque
Nationale de France. Bodleian Library: Illuminated  Manuscript Images.
The Book of Kells: Trinity College, Dublin. British Library Treasures.
The Cary Collection: Medieval manuscripts in The Carey Graphics Arts Collection
at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
Chepman & Myllar prints (earliest Scottish printed books), National Library
of Scotland. Digital Beowulf  Project.
DScriptorium Digital Manuscript Image Project.

Dutch Medieval Manuscript Collections
This database contains descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts up to
c. 1550 written in Latin script and preserved in public and semi-public
collections in the Netherlands. These include the collections of libraries,
museums, archives, collections of monastic orders and some private institutions
open to researchers.

E

English manuscripts

Bodlian Library,
Oxford University, Luna database of manuscripts.

A collaboration between ARTstor and the Bodleian Library to produce 25,000
images from 35mm filmstrip negatives and positive slides. Material includes
medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Early English Drama Centre for
Research in Early English Drama, Toronto.

Records of Early English Drama (REED) is an international scholarly project
that is establishing the context from which the drama of Shakespeare and his
contemporaries grew. Along with twenty-seven collections of records in print, REED is building a dynamic
collection of freely available digital resources for research and education.

Europeana
Explore millions of items from a range of Europe’s leading galleries,
libraries, archives and museums. Find books and manuscripts, photos and
paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings.
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F

Fiske Icelandic Collection,
Cornell University Library. 

The largest repository of works on Iceland and on Nordic medieval studies in
North America. Vellum and paper manuscripts, Elder Edda, contemporary Icelandic
belles lettres, medieval sagas and literary criticism.

Folger Shakespeare Library
The world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, in addition to a
magnificent collection of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts on all
disciplines.

French manuscripts

ARCHIM : Archives nationales images de documents
ARCH, a French archive of valuable historical documents, pictures and
photographs from France’s National Archives’ historical department.

G

German manuscript collections

Kaiser-Heinrich-Bibliothek
The “Kaiser-Heinrich-Bibliothek” is the digital version of the 165 manuscripts
(complet codices and fragments) which emperor Henry II. (973–1024) gave to
Bamberg and which are now in the Staatsbibliothek (State Library) Bamberg.
Further information about the State Library in English language can be found on
http://www.staatsbibliothek-bamberg.de/index.php?id=1345.

Digitized Manuscripts from
German Libraries

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek

Medieval
Manuscripts on the Web, a list of links.

Manuscript of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op.27-2 by Beethoven;
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

H

Harry Ramson Humanities
Research Center

American and international literary manuscripts. University of Texas. Manuscripts,
typescripts, corrected proofs and galleys, notes, correspondence, diaries, and
annotated volumes of major twentieth-century authors from North America, Great
Britain and France. There are also important holdings in British history and
the history of science.

Hebrew manuscripts

Hebrew manuscripts.
The Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Israel. Collecting microfilm
copies of all Hebrew manuscripts extant in public and private collections.

The John Rylands
University Library Genizah collection.

The library holds a collection of around 11,000 fragments, mostly written in
Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old
Cairo,

I

Icelandic manuscripts

Interpreting
Ancient Manuscripts Website

An introduction to Biblical text critical methods and ancient manuscripts.
School of Religion, Richmond, Indiana.

Islamic manuscripts

Islamic
Manuscripts:

Manuscripts Division, Princeton University.

University
of Michigan Library

Near East Division, Islamic Manuscripts Collection

Italian Medieval manuscripts

J

Judaic manuscripts.
Project Judaica Foundation.

Julian of Norwich
Godfriends Websites on Julian of Norwich,her ‘showing of love’ and its
contexts.Umilta.

K

Karpeles Manuscript
Library Museums. 

Buffalo, Charleston, Duluth, Jacksonville, Newburgh Santa Barbara, Tacoma.

L

National Library of Congress
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

M

The Manuscript Society, US.
An international society of over 1,800,including dealers, private collectors,
scholars, authors and caretakers of public collections, such as librarians,
archivists, and curators.

Medical manuscripts

Wellcome Library
includes substantial collections of Asian medical books and manuscripts. These
collections include over 6000 Sanskrit manuscripts, as well as manuscripts in
Hindi, Persian, and many other languages of S. Asia.

Medieval manuscripts

Bayerische
Staatsbibliothek

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the world’s richest collection of
incunabula. The collection comprises approximately 20,000 copies of 9,742
editions.
The Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books preserves the most
valuable historical holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which are
continuously complemented by further purchases. The treasures of this
department rank the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek among the top libraries of the
world.

Bestiaire
On-line exhibition of bestiaries and aviaries, including Roman de Renart and
Roman de Fauvain.

Bodleian
Library

Western manuscripts to c.1500: Browse images.

Bodlian Library,
Oxford University, Luna database of manuscripts.

A collaboration between ARTstor and the Bodleian Library to produce 25,000
images from 35mm filmstrip negatives and positive slides. Material includes
medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval
Manuscripts

This site was designed to enable users to find fully digitized manuscripts
currently available on the web. You can use the search box to quickly search on
specific terms, or use the “Search Manuscripts” link to search on particular
fields, such as date, or provenance information. You can also browse the
Catalogue by the Location of an archive or library, the shelfmark of an item,
by the author of a text (where that information is available), or by the
language of a text (again, where available).

Digital Sriptorium, Columbia
University.

The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance
manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an
international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap
between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by
means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloguing.

Dutch Royal Library
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Dutch Medieval Manuscript
Collections

This database contains descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts up to
c. 1550 written in Latin script and preserved in public and semi-public
collections in the Netherlands. These include the collections of libraries,
museums, archives, collections of monastic orders and some private institutions
open to researchers.

e-codices
Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland/Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer
The goal of the e-codices project is to provide access to all medieval and
selected early modern manuscripts held in Switzerland via a virtual library

Europeana
Explore millions of items from a range of Europe’s leading galleries,
libraries, archives and museums. Find books and manuscripts, photos and
paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet
music and recordings.
Customize the database. Found something you like? Download it, print it, use
it, save it or share it,
Europeana is the trusted source of cultural heritage brought to you by the
Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions,
projects and partners. SEARCH EUROPEANA

The
European Digital Library Treasures, The European Library

A website that accesses the contents of European national libraries.

Evolution of the
Medieval Book

Overview and analysis of the development of the medieval book.

Gallica
Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Hill Museum & Manuscript
Library

Founded to preserve medieval manuscripts from Europe, Africa, and the Middle
East in microfilm form.

Late
Antique and Medieval manuscripts.

Benedictional of Aethelwold, Bible of S Paolo fuori le Mura, c.870, Book of
Kells, by 807, Canon table, Book of Lindisfarne, by 698, Canon table.

Medieval Studies
Online Refernce Book for Medieval Studies.ORB is an academic site, written and
maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and
serious students.

Medieval
Manuscripts on the Web

This list is intended to offer quick access to various digitization projects on
the web. Listings are alphabetical by originating institution.

The
Morgan Library

Medieval Illuminations from the Pierpont Morgan Library.

Oxford University
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University. Digital facsimiles of complete
manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals.

Piers Plowman Electronic
Archive of Manuscripts

The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, a collaborative open-access project,
presents the rich textual tradition of Piers Plowman, a fourteenth-century
allegorical dream vision attributed to William Langland.

Scriptorium
Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online
A digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from c.
1450-1720, including research and teaching resources for late medieval and
early modern manuscript studies.

Morgan Library, New York.
A large collection of manuscripts, drawings and prints, literary and historic
manuscripts, music manuscripts, ancient near east tablets and seals.

Mount Athos Manuscripts Digital Library
In terms of both quantity and significant individual items, the monasteries of
Mount Athos are among the world’s greatest repositories of manuscripts from
antiquity.

N

National Union Catalog of
Manuscript Collections (USA).

This site, operated by the Library of Congress, offers free access to the United
States national database of manuscript holdings through its integral
cataloguing program.

Organizations

GLAM
The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM) was established in 2005
to bring together archivists, librarians, curators, writers, researchers, and
anyone else with an interest in the collecting, preservation, use and promotion
of literary archives and manuscripts in Britain and Ireland.

Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts
(North America)

The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts seeks to bring together
individuals and organizations responsible for the creation, stewardship, and
use of literary archives, with the understanding that these parties have common
interests and concerns.

Oxford University. Early Manuscripts at Oxford University
Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the
originals.

P

Papyri

Trismegistos.org
Online database of ancient manuscripts. An interdisciplinary portal of
papyrological and epigraphical resources dealing with Egypt and the Nile valley
between roughly 800 BC and AD 800.Oxyrhynchus papyri.

The Oxyrhynchus papyri
edited with translations and notes by Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt.

R

Renaissance manuscripts

Research Libraries Group. RLG’s Archival
Resource. OCLC

A service of the United States Research Libraries Group to make the world’s
scholarly resources hidden in archives more visible.

S

Saint John’s Bible. A millenium
project. 

The Saint John’s Bible will be the first handwritten, illuminated Bible in the
modern era.

Sanskrit manuscripts

T

Trismegistos.org
Online database of ancient manuscripts.

U

University
of Texas Archives and Manuscripts Section of the Center for American History

8,000 separate collections. Because of the size and the age of these holdings,
no one index is available for the entire collection of archival and manuscript
materials. The index presented here, compiled during the 1980s, provides name,
place, and topical subject access to many, but not all, of the collections that
had been acquired by the Center at that time.

V

Vatican Renaissance music manuscripts.

W

Western
manuscripts until 1500.

Bodlean Library, Oxford University.

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