Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spotlight on the Internet - Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Many of you may already be aware of this Internet source for digitized manuscripts - Digital Scriptorum, an image database of 5300 (currently) medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions. This database is hosted by Columbia University Libraries.

I'd like to draw your attention to another similar Internet source for digitized manuscripts - Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts, hosted by UCLA-Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Introduced to the general public in December 2008, it links to almost 1,000 manuscripts by nearly 200 authors in 20 languages.

Caveat: Once the desired manuscript is located, users move to the library or archive hosting the image, where one encounters a variety of portal configurations.

While the Digital Scriptorum manuscripts are drawn from repositories in the United States, the Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts draws from collections in Europe, Australia, North America, and Japan. There is only a very small overlap in the 2 collections-specifically in the U.S. repositories.