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A set of web links to information on medieval libraries and modern libraries with medieval collections by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.


NOTE: See also the files: Monastic-Lib-art, early-books-msg, Battl-o-t-Bks-art, Libry-Research-art, p-ebooks-msg, Using-ILL-art, universities-msg.





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.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with separate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were removed to save space and remove clutter.


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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

from http://image.ox.ac.uk">http://image.ox.ac.uk/.


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



Ancient Libraries


(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


A similar page exists at: http://www.librarydesigns.com/FamousLibraries.htm">http://www.librarydesigns.com/FamousLibraries.htm


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