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.


American manuscript collections


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

Harry Ramson Humanities
Research Center

American literary manuscripts. University of Texas

Juilliard Manuscript

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

Australian manuscript collections

Australian literary

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


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


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

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

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