medvl-libres-lnks - 12/26/05
A set of web links to information on medieval libraries and modern libraries with medieval collections by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.
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Mark S. Harris AKA: THLord Stefan li Rous
Stefan at florilegium.org
From: aoife at scatoday.net
Subject: [Aoife-Links] Medieval Libraries
Date: October 14, 2004 3:58:44 PM CDT
To: aoife-links at scatoday.net
Greetings my faithful readers. The subscribers to this LInks e-list are now 85-strong! Huzzah!
This week we're looking at Libraries that house Medieval collections. We're
also looking at Historical Libraries. Any search you perform on the 'net
containing the two words "Medieval" and "Library" will bring in a jackpot of
information, so get set to search the virtual world of medieval manuscripts.
The following is not a complete list, but never the less it should be usefull
to researchers and the casual inquirer.
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Bodleian Library, University of Oxford: Western Manuscripts to c. 1500
(Site Excerpt) About a thousand images can be reached from this page....A
considerable number of Oxford's most important manuscripts have been
digitized at high resolution in their entirety: these images can be reached
World Wide Virtual Library History Index
Berkeley Digital Library: Online Medieval and Classical Library
(Site Excerpt) The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a
collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and
Medieval civilization...Unless otherwise noted, all texts are public domain
in the United States.
The Library of the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame University
(Site Excerpt) The Library of the Medieval Institute boasts some 90,000
volumes together with various collections of handbooks, series, pamphlets,
reprints and photographic materials. These are supplemented by microfilm and
microfiche copies of some 3,000 medieval manuscripts and facsimile reprints
from European libraries and a collection of more than 200 medieval seals in
Georgetown University's The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
(Site Excerpt) The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic
resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown
University. The Labyrinth's easy-to-use menus and links provide connections
to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world.
Each user will be able to find an Ariadne's thread through the maze of
information on the Web.
The WWW Virtual Library History Index: Medieval Europe
(Site Excerpt) This list of on-line references is maintained by The Michigan
State University Graduate Student Medieval and Renaissance Consortium, under
the sponsorship of ORB, for The World Wide Web Virtual Library History
Section. ...This section is currently listed alphabetically within subject
Stanford University Su Lair: Medieval Studies
A Menu of a variety of options from digitized text (available from ebrary)
to collections, to bibliographies, etc.
DW Mosser's WWW Medieval Resources
(Site Excerpt: Menu Contains: ) Discussion Lists & Information; Links to
Texts from and about the Medieval Period; Medieval History, Archeology, &
Architecture; Links to Databases; Labyrinth, Chaucer Bibliography, ANSAXDAT,
& others... ; Links to other Home Pages; Links to Archives of MSS
Facsimiles, Art, etc.; Medieval Sciences; Libraries; Links to Miscellaneous
Materials; British Library Portico, WebLouvre, Gregorian Chant, etc....
National Library of Wales: Early English Books Online
(Site Excerpt) From the first book printed in English by William Caxton,
through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English
Civil War, Early English Books Online (EEBO) will contain over 125,000
titles listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640),
Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661),
and the Early English Tract Supplement - all in full digital facsimile from
the Early English Books microfilm collection.
Brigham Young University: Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Primary Documents
These links connect to Western European (mainly primary) that are
transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
Rutgers Medieval Literary Resources
A significant listing of online resources foir the Medieval Literary
CEU Department of Medieval Studies (in Hungary)
(Although the collection isn't online, this could be a serious resource for
SCAdian Hungarian Scholars. Site Excerpt) This project has established a
laboratory to scan, store, index, put on CD-ROM and display digital and
microfiche image collections. It has accumulated CD-ROM databases (including
the Videodisc Collection of Vatican Library Illuminations, Uffizi and Louvre
collections, International Medieval Bibliography, Iconclass, CETEDOC Library
of Christian Latin Texts, etc.) and microfiche iconographical documentation
(e.g., the Marburg Index). With this material, the research team created a
CD edition of the Hungarian Angevin Legendary and issued a guide to the
medieval holdings of the photo-archives of Central European libraries,
museums and research institutes.
Library of Congress Country Study Homepage
Rather than search for a specific book, search here for general country
subjects and see what books the library of congress reccomends! For
instance, a drop-down menu provides countries to choose from. I picked
Poland, and found what amounts to an entire book including a hefty sectionon
the medieval era.
La Trobe University Library Medieval Music Database
(Site Excerpt) The main features of the new version are a much expanded
repertoire of works in addition to the melodic incipits of liturgical works.
Four complete manuscripts, a gradual and three antiphonals, have been added.
Browse by Liturgical Feast is entirely new. This displays the melodic
incipit of each liturgical chant for each feast, analyses related melodies
and displays colour images of source manuscripts. The Browse by Composers,
by Genre and by Manuscripts remain the same as they were is the earlier
Saganet: Icelandic Medeival Literature (Cornell University)
(Site Excerpt) The Saganet is a cooperative project by The National and
University Library of Iceland and Cornell University with the association of
the Árni Magnússon Institute to give access via the Internet to digital
images of about 240.000 manuscript pages and 153.000 printed pages. The
Saganet was opened on July 1, 2001 but work started on July 1, 1997. The
material consists of the entire range of Icelandic family sagas. It also
includes a very large portion of Germanic/Nordic mythology (the Eddas), the
history of Norwegian kings, contemporary sagas and tales from the European
age of chivalry.
About.com: Secrets of a Long Lost Library Revealed?
(Site Excerpt) On May 26, 1944, an important medieval library at Chartres,
France burned to the ground during a World War II bombing. A collection of
more than 2,000 books were housed in the library, and some of those works
dated back to the 12th century, as BBC's Paul Rincon explains, in his
article "Hi-tech imaging could reveal lost texts." Despite valiant efforts
to restore the damaged Chartres manuscripts, many of them were rendered
unreadable; that is, until now.
Hill Monastic Manuscript Library
(Site Excerpt) This is a list of ancient libraries, and a few early medieval
ones, with information as available about each. They are classified
according to region of the world. There are many more, but the information
on them is not currently available for this site. The buildings of all of
those listed (and the contents of some) have been destroyed by natural
disaster, by invading armies, or by order of religious leaders. However,
there have been remains of many found by archaeologists.
Ancient Libraries, an evolving Bibliography
Famous Libraries of the World