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GENERAL INFORMATION

INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES

ONLINE CATALOGUES

Portals
National Catalogues
Libraries Catalogues
Specialized Catalogues

DIGITIZED MANUSCRIPTS

Portals
Websites

MICROFILMS

TOOLS

Bibliographies on manuscripts
Paleography
Codicology
Softwares for editions


NB: the symbol [P] after a link means "Paying access".


GENERAL INFORMATION

APICES - Association Paléographique Internationale
Comité International de Paléographie Latine
Digital Librarian: Archives & Manuscripts  : "a librarian's choice of the best of the Web".
Digital Medievalist: "an international web-based Community of Practice for medievalists working with digital media".
Electronic Palaeography: bibliography on all aspects of paleography: a complement to Leonard Boyle’s Medieval Latin Palaeography, maintained by F. Troncarelli.
Gazette du Livre Médiéval   
Historische Hilfswissenschaften: an extraordinarily comprehensive portal (L.-M.Universität, München) for historical "auxiliary" sciences, including codicology and paleography, with all sorts of links to other sites, institutions, bibliographies, &c.
Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, Paris
The Islamic Manuscript Association : "An international effort to protect Islamic manuscripts".
Kristeller's Latin Manuscript Books before 1600 (A List of the Printed Catalogues and Unpublished Inventories of Extant Collections), c/o Informationssystem der MGH-Bibliothek.
Menestrel - Paléographie et manuscrits en ligne
Pecia: un blog consacré au manuscrit médiéval
Scriptorium: "Revue internationale des études relatives aux manuscrits médiévaux"
TELMA (Traitement Electronique des Manuscrits et des Archives), Paris (Ecole Nationales des Chartes/IRHT)


PROJECTS

Colophones librorum Manu scriptorum Occidentalium (CMO): project of a colophons database, by  L. Reynhout
Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)
Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative: this project, a collaboration between the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, will constitute an online database of the works of some 1,700 authors who span the entire Islamic world, beginning in the 8th century and continuing until the 19th.
Katalogisierung der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland
Online Manuscripts Projects
Post-classical Islamic Philosophy Database Initiative: this project, led by R. Wosnivsky (McGill) will create a searchable database index of the 400 most influential and original philosophical texts written in Arabic during the 1100-1900CE period.
Protection des Manuscrits Anciens Africains

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ONLINE MANUSCRIPTS CATALOGUES


PORTALS

Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) Portal (to some online catalogs)
Ecole des Chartes, Paris - Essentiel: répertoire raisonné des catalogues de manuscrits en France et ailleurs
The European Library: Collective Catalogue of all European National Libraries, powerful search function and result organization
Internetquellen, Handschriftenkataloge, on the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main, website.
Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 
LibWeb: a repertory of Library Servers accessible via WWW. 
Manuscriptorium:  started by the National Library of the Czech Republic, includes more and more Central Europa libraries.
Mediaevum.de - Handschriftendatenbanken, -kataloge und -indices.
National Library Catalogues Worldwide
Virtuelle Bibliothek – Mittelalterliche Geschichte Handschriften
Virtuelle Bibliothek - Historische Hilfswissenschaften. Handschriftenbibliotheken (Geschichte, Bestände, Kataloge, Faksimiles)
Wadod: un certain nombre de catalogues de manuscrits arabes des bibliothèques orientales.

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CATALOGUES

National 

(Belgium) Manuscrits médiévaux conservés en Communauté française de Belgique
(France) Manuscrits datés: Index (and index only) of the Catalogue des manuscrits en écriture latine portant des indications de date, de lieu ou de copiste (C. Samaran et R. Marichal, 1961-1985). --  Calames:  catalogue des archives et manuscrits de l'enseignement supérieur. Catalogue Collectif de France: réunit le Catalogue de la BnF, SUDOC (catalogue des bibliothèques de l’enseignement supérieur) et "Base Patrimoine" (catalogue des fonds anciens et/ou locaux de 60 bibliothèques municipales et spécialisées, incluant le Catalogue Général des Manuscrits des Bibliothèques Publiques de France).
(Germany) Manuscripta Mediaevalia, Marburg :  manuscripts in German collections; searchable database plus digitized images of some 180 printed catalogues.
(Great Britain) National Library of Scotland
Hill Monastic Manuscripts Library (HMML), Collegeville, Minn. - this site enables searching for some ninety thousand manuscripts in Austrian and Spanish libraries.
(Italy) Internet Culturale. Cataloghi e collezioni digitali delle biblioteche italiane
(Italy) MANUS -  medieval manuscripts in Italian libraries
(Italy) Codex - Inventario dei manoscritti medievali della Toscana - a database with now some 2000 manuscripts in Tuscany
(Netherlands) Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections
PhiloBiblon, Berkeley - a searchable database for manuscripts with texts from Galicia, Catalonia, Portugal and Spain
Porbase - medieval manuscripts in Portuguese libraries
(Spain) Manuscript@CSIC: portal to the collections of manuscripts in Hebrew, Arabic, Aljamiado, Persian and Turkish of the Tomás Navarro Tomás (Madrid) and the School of Arabic Studies (Granada) libraries for now, and later of all the libraries of the Consejo Superior di Investigaciones Cientificas network .
(Switzerland) Handschriften in Schweizer Bibliotheken, Archiven und Museen / Fonds de manuscrits conservés dans les bibliothèques, archives et musées suisses
US National Union Catalogue of Manuscripts Collections (NUCMC)


Libraries


(Cambridge) St. John's College
(Douai): Catalogue descriptif et raisonné des manuscrits de la bibliothèque de Douai, par Henri Duthilloeul (Douai, 1846).
(Edinburgh) National Library of Scotland - both an online catalogue for searching manuscripts and an overview with downloadable catalogues in PDF-format
Freiburg, Handschriften des Orientalischen Seminars 
Glasgow University Library - searching both for manuscripts and the special collections
Graz: Universität Manuscripts catalogue
(Kopenhagen) Det Kongelige Bibliotek - online versions of several manuscript catalogues
Leiden University Bibliotheca Neerlandica Manuscripta
(London) British Library Manuscripts Catalogue 
Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale 
Munich and Augsburg Manuscripts - this commercial website enables access to some electronic manuscript catalogues, among them the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Clm and Cgm series)
(New York) Pierpont Morgan Library (CORSAIR)
(Oxford) Bodleian University
(Oxford) Queen’s College
(Paris) Bibliothèque Nationale de France: simple numérisation des anciens catalogues imprimés; consultation peu commode.
(Praha)  Národní knihovna České republiky:  Manuscriptorium.
(Tübingen)
Valenciennes, Bibliothèque municipale 
(Vatican) Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana: catalogo manoscritti
(Vienna) Österreichische Nationalbibliothek:   TABULAE-Datenbank - a database for the Codices 1-15500
Yale University: Beinecke Library


Specialized Catalogues

Alchemical manuscripts: a database provided by Adam McLean.
(Dante Alighieri) Dante online: manscripts of the Commedia
Dated Manuscripts catalogues: répertoire de catalogues de manuscrits datés, par le Comité International de Paléographie Latine.
eTK:  scientifc and medical mansuscripts database based on Lynn Thorndike's and Pearl Kibre's A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin (Cambridge, 1963) and supplements.
eVK2: revised and expanded version of Linda Ehrsam Voigts' and Patricia Deery Kurtz's CD, Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: An Electronic Reference (Ann Arbor, 2000).
Franciscan Authors, 13th- 18th century
: alphabetical list of Franciscan authors, with biographical remarks and information on manuscripts, editions and studies. Created by Maarten van der Heijden and Bert Roest
Handschriftencensus (Marburg) - manuscripts with Middle German texts
Hermes Latinus
Illuminated Manuscripts from the British Library
In Principio [P]: over 1,000,000 incipits covering Latin literature from the Pre-classical Age to the Renaissance
Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine (USA)
Iter Italicum [P]: online edition of Paul Oskar Kristeller's list of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts
Jordanus, An International Catalog of Medieval Scientific Manuscripts
, by the Institute for the History of Science in Munich, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Provides "information about mediaeval manuscripts written in Western Europe between 500 and 1500 A.D. which treat the mathematical sciences in the wider sense, i.e. arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and mechanics."
(Lull) Handschriften der Lateinischen Werke des Raimundus Lullus: by the Raimundus-Lullus Institut, Freiburg  
(Lull) Ramon Lull Database – Centre de Documentacio Ramon Lull, Barcelona  
Online bibliography of secondary literature on manuscripts, modern papers and rare printed books 
(Pierre d'Auvergne) Index codicum manuscriptorum qui Petri opera — certa, dubia sive spuria — tradunt.
Peraldus : Bibliographical references for individual manuscripts. Site created and maintained by Alain Nadeau
New Shelfmarks: International index of manuscripts & incunables recently acquired by public libraries, by the Association Paléographique Internationale
Printed CataLogues and Unpublished Inventories of Extant Collections (LATIN manuscript BOOKS BEFORE 1600) by Paul Oskar Kristeller
Quodlibase : database of manuscripts containing quodlibetal questions. . Site created and maintained by S. Piron.
Repertory of medieval Latin texts on logic in medieval manuscripts : project of L.M. de Rijk and E.P. Bos, Leiden.
Tertullianus: a catalogue by a fervent amateur of Tertullian.
West African Arabic Manuscript Project: at first a catalogue of Arabic manuscripts in southern Mauritania (Boutilimit); seven other West African collections have been subsequently added, including the manuscript libraries at the Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique, Northwestern University, and the Centre Ahmad Baba in Timbuctu. Currently (during 2008-09) print catalogues from West Africa published by al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation are being added. They project to digitize the manuscripts.

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DIGITIZED MANUSCRIPTS

PORTALS

Catalogue of digitized medieval manuscripts on the Web, by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA.
NetBib.de Wiki: "Large Digital Libraries of western manuscripts".
Internetquellen, Alten drücken, Inkunabeln, on the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main, website.
Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Manuscriptorium:  "a system for collecting and making accessible on the internet information on historical book resources, linked to a virtual library of digitised documents. The Manuscriptorium service is financed by the National Library of the Czech Republic and managed by AiP Beroun s.r.o.".
Patrimoine Numérique: catalogue en ligne du patrimoine culturel numérisé en France

WEBSITES

Al Mostafa: site de téléchargement de manuscrits arabes numérisés.
Hill Monastic Manuscript Library (Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota). Since its founding in 1965, the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library (HMML) has sent teams of researchers and technicians to film more than 25 million pages from nearly 90,000 volumes in libraries and archives throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Today, HMML represents one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of medieval and Renaissance sources.
Manuscriptorium:  "a system for collecting and making accessible on the internet information on historical book resources, linked to a virtual library of digitised documents. The Manuscriptorium service is financed by the National Library of the Czech Republic and managed by AiP Beroun s.r.o."
Marefa: grand nombre de manuscrits arabes à télécharger.
Wadod: un grand nombre de manuscrits arabes des bibliothèques orientales à télécharger.

(Beirut) American University : some Arabic manuscripts digitized.
Bodleian Library (mainly for miniatures)
(Bologna) Progetto Irnerio - a website of the CIRSFID, the centre for legal philosophy and computer law at Bologna, with digitized juridical manuscripts of the Collegio di Spagna, Bologna
(Germany) Manuscripta Mediaevalia : manuscripts from different German collections.
(Harvard University) Islamic Heritage Project: manuscripts, selected from the Houghton Library and the Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum
(Heidelberg) Handschriften der Bibliotheca Palatina (UB Heidelberg)
(Firenze) Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
(Firenze) Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
(Freiburg, Germany) Oriental Manuscript Resource: the databank contains approx. 2.500 Arabic manuscripts from Mauritania together with the corresponding bibliographical metadata
(Italy) Internet Culturale. Cataloghi e collezioni digitali delle biblioteche italiane
(Köln) Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis -  new catalogue and digitalization of hundreds of manuscripts at the Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek of Cologne
(Leipzig) Islamische Handschriften der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig : Pilotprojekt zur datenbankgestützten Erschließung und digitalen Bereitstellung der neu erworbenen arabischen, persischen und türkischen Handschriften.
(Lund) Saint Laurentius Library - the Universitetsbibliotek Lund presents both a new catalogue in progress and fully digitized medieval manuscripts.
(München) Münchner Digitalisierungszentrum (Bayerisches Staatbibliothek) -- index by authors.
Oriental Manuscript Resource: Das Orientalische Seminar Freiburg arbeitet am Aufbau einer Datenbank mit biobibliographischen Informationen und Bilddateien zu über 2.000 mikroverfilmten mauretanischen sowie einer Reihe weiterer im Original vorhandener orientalischer Handschriften des Seminars.
(Princeton University) Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts : mss. from the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library.
(Oxford) Early Manuscripts at Oxford University 
(Oxford) Bodleian Library (mainly for miniatures)
(Oxford) Queen’s College, Oxford, Medieval Manuscripts 
(Paris) Bibliothèque Nationale de France:  Mandragore, base des manuscrits enluminés de la BnF.
(St Gall) Codices Electronici Sangallenses - the wonderful manuscript collection of the Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen
(Spain) Manuscript@CSIC: portal to the collections of manuscripts in Hebrew, Arabic, Aljamiado, Persian and Turkish of the Tomás Navarro Tomás (Madrid) and the School of Arabic Studies (Granada) libraries for now, and later of all the libraries of the Consejo Superior di Investigaciones Cientificas network .
(Switzerland) E-codices : Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits en Suisse 
(Tokyo) Tokyo University: Islamic manuscripts.
(Turkey) Turkey Manuscripts : "manuscripts that are included and published in the Collected Catalogue of Manuscripts of Turkey and National Library Manuscript Catalogues, together with some of those the catalogues of which haven't been published so far, have been transferred into computerized environment" ("approximately 198444 manuscripts/periodicals" to date).
(USA) Digital Scriptorium  this in-progress collection, based at Columbia University, includes manuscripts from several American libraries.
(USA) University of Michigan islamic manuscripts, through the Hathi Trust Digital Library
(Valenciennes) Bibliothèque Municipale de Valenciennes - Reproduction numérique d'après les microfilms de l'IRHT de plus de 200 volumes, des mss carolingiens jusqu'au XVIe siècle. Le fonds provient entre autres de la riche abbaye de Saint-Amand
(Wolfenbüttel) Herzog August Bibliothek
(Zaragoza)  Digital repository of the University of Zaragoza

Dante Alighieri: Dante online: manuscripts of the Commedia. 
Galileo. Il fondo galileiano (Biblioteca nazionale centrale - Firenze)
Hus, Iohannes: Expositio decalogi
Petrus Thomae: Quaestiones de modis distinctionum [BnF Paris, ms. Latin 3433].
Raimundus Lullus: Handschriften der Lateinischen Werke des Raimundus Lullus at the Raimundus-Lullus Institut, Freiburg. Ramon Lull Database by the Centre de Documentacio Ramon Lull, Barcelona.
Tertullianus
: a few manuscripts digitized by a fervent enthusiast of Tertullian.

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MICROFILMS

Grabmann Institut, Munich
Hill Monastic Manuscripts Library (HMML): one can order online copies of their microfilms
Microworld  : British company which markets reproductions of microfilms.
Monumenta Germaniae Historica
Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, Paris: one can order online copies of their microfilms from all French libraries, except the Bibliothèque Nationale. For the latter, see this page or this one.
The Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jewish National & University Library.

 

TOOLS

BIBLIOGRAPHIES ON MANUSCRIPTS

Medieval & Modern Manuscript Catalogues: a remarkable bibliography of printed and electronic sources, by Ch. D. Wright, Urbana-Champaign..
Manuscript Research: Identifying Texts and Locating Secondary Literature: a remarkable bibliography ofprinted & electronic instruments, compiled by Ch. D. Wright, Urbana-Champaign.
Online bibliography of secondary literature on manuscripts, modern papers and rare printed books

Peraldus : Bibliographical references for individual manuscripts. Site created and maintained by Alain Nadeau.

PALEOGRAPHY

Cappelli’s Dizionario Di Abbreviature Latini Ed Italiani  online 
Abbreviationes™ Online – Medieval Abbreviations on the Web  [P]:   Pr O. Pluta's software
Medieval Unicode Font Initiative:  group of scholars and font designers who work on a common solution to the problem of encoding and displaying special characters in Medieval texts written in the Latin alphabet.

Medieval Writing. History, Heritage and Data Source: an initiation to paleography on a very well designed amateur site.
Cours de paléographie de la Société des amis des Archives de France : seulement les documents originaux utilisés pour les cours, avec quelques remarques.
Paläographisches Lesetraining für lateinische Schriften des 5.-20. Jahrhunderts, by Thomas Frenz (Univ. of Passau). Tutorial presenting 7 exercices on books writings from the Vth to theXVth centuries (section "Etwas von allem").

Ecole des Chartes, Paris: bibliography for paleography studies
Electronic palaeography, by Fabio Troncarelli (Societas internationalis Pro Vivario) ; a supplement to Leonard Boyle's Mediaeval Latin Palaeography, for years 1982 to1998.
Medieval Latin Paleography:  resources listed by Rega Wood.

CODICOLOGY

Ecole des Chartes, Paris: bibliography for codicology studies
Vocabulaire codicologique, par Denis Muzerelle (IRHT)
Livret du stage d'initiation au manuscrit médiéval (latin et roman): une publication pédagogique de l'IRHT.
Livret du stage d'initiation au manuscrit médiéval en langue arabe: une publication pédagogique de l'IRHT.
Medieval Manuscript Manual: for beginners, an initiation to the manuscripts.

EDITION SOFTWARES

Classical Text Editor [P] by S. Hagel: a very easy to use, WYSIWYG, word-processor for critical editions, commentaries and electronic publishing, with any number of apparatus - bidirectional text - sigla. For Windows.
EDMAC adds useful TeX macros specifically for critical editions. (One of the TEX "variants"  making use of EDMAC is Critical Edition Typesetter by Bernt Karasch. CET is fairly easy to use. But it becomes extremely slow with longer texts. In addition, this software is no longer developped and new developments in TeX and MikTeX are therefore not included).
Ednotes: provides macros for critical edition typesetting with LaTeX.
Juxta: "Juxta is an open-source cross-platform tool for comparing and collating multiple witnesses to a single textual work." For MacOS, Windows, Unix.
LaTeX: typesetting system for the production of technical and scientific documents.
MikTeX: implementation of TeX and related programs for Windows; adds to TeX compiler many other components.
Transcript: this software combines a picture viewer and a text editor. In other words, the digital image of the manuscript appears in the upper window, you can transcribe the text in the lower window. For Windows.
TUSTEP [P] was the software used for e.g. the Opera omnia of Nicolas Cusanus and the latest volumes of the Albertus Magnus edition. There is also an International Tustep User Group. For Windows, Unix, Linux.

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