Finding & consulting medieval manuscripts

UPDATE: Please use the updated version at

Robert D. Peckham writes:


Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

shows that there are now connections with nearly 2300 mss entirely digitized which can be consulted on line. This is a wonderful team effort, clearly illustrating the virtue of work which aims to advance the scholarly community.

I am proceeding with my project, which will be an extension and renovation of what is now a page in the Andy Holt Virtual Library: “Web Access for Manuscript-based Textual Scholarship”. I will also extend units on Paleography and Codicology as well as other aspects. There is much to do facilitating the location and consultation of medieval manuscripts, even where it is a question of fragments, pages or single illustrations. Here is my unsorted collection so far:

Accès aux catalogues numérisés (BNF manuscript descriptions)

Catalogo aperto dei manoscritti Malatestiani

Manuscrits produits par le scriptorium de la cathédrale Sainte-Cécile

Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden: Manuscripts collection

Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG) – Bibliothèque virtuelle (250+ mss)

Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG) – Bibliothèque virtuelle

Digital Scriptorium

wulfila project (Gothic)

MANUS – Censimento dei manoscritti delle biblioteche italiane

Sagñanet – Íslenskar fornbókmenntir

Manuscripta Mediaevalia

Manuscriptorium (medieval mss in Switzerland)

Manuscrits médiévaux des monastères et chapitres vosgiens. Catalogues et inventaires

Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections

Leaves of Gold – Treasures of Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections

Medieval Manuscripts Digital Collection (Iowa Digital Library)

St. Laurentius Digital Manuscript Library

Fifty original leaves from medieval manuscripts, Western Europe, XII-XVI century (Case Western Reserve)

Die Handschriften des Mittelalters der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg: Handschriftenkatalog online

Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music

Distributed Digital Library of Chant Manuscript Images

NUCMC : the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

PONTIFICALIA: Repertory of Latin Manuscript Pontificals and Benedictionals

Erlebnisraum Altes Buch ist eine Initiative der UB-Graz, Abteilung für Sondersammlungen.

Large Digital Libraries of western manuscripts

The Aberdeen Bestiary

Ee.3.59: The Life of King Edward the Confessor

The Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition

York Doomsday Project

William Blake Archive

Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image (Penn)

Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe (NYPL)

telma. traitement électronique des manuscrits et des archives

The Schøyen Collection – 720 Manuscripts Spanning 5000 years

Le Glossarium de Du Cange en ligne

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (with full descriptions, Yale)

Catalonian Manuscripts

Digitization Projects in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland


Laures Rare-Book Database & Virtual Library (Kirishitan Bunko, Sophia Univarsity, Tokyo, Japan)

Browse Lists of Digitized Manuscripts (CORSAIR – 28,049 images, Pierpoint Morgan Library)

Manuscript Collections – The Houghton Library (Harvard)

Digital Medievl Manuscripts at Houghton Library

Handschriften – digital (Universität Heidelberg)

The Goodspeed Manuscript Collection

Medieval Manuscripts on the Web

Digitalisierung der 848 deutschsprachigen Palatina-Handschriften in der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg

Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum (many manuscripts)

Manuscrits enluminés des bibliothèques de France

Irish Script on Screen

P E C I A : Le manuscrit médiéval ~ The medieval manuscript

Spätmittelalterliche Bilderhandschriften aus der Bibliotheca Palatina – digital

Medieval Manuscripts in the National Library of Medicine

Mass Digitization of UK Manuscripts

Open Directory Books of Hours: Individual Manuscripts

Facsimiles of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles (Staint Louis Univ.)

Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum By British Museum Dept. of Manuscripts, Harry Leigh Douglas Ward, John Alexander Herbert Published by Printed by order of the Trustees, 1893

Inventaire de la “librairie” de Philippe Le Bon (1420)
By Georges Doutrepont
Published by Kiessling et cie, 1906
Original from the University of Michigan
Digitized May 31, 2007 191 pages

A Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford
By Bodleian Library, Richard William Hunt, Falconer Madan, P. D. Record, Herbert Henry Edmund Craster
Published by Clarendon Press, 1922

Catalogue of Manuscripts Preserved in the Chapter Library of Worcester Cathedral
By Worcester Cathedral. Library, John Kestell Floyer, Sidney Graves Hamilton, Worcestershire Historical Society, Worcester Cathedral
Compiled by John Kestell Floyer
Edition: revised
Published by Printed for the Worcestershire historical Society, by James Parker and Co., 1906

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Gonville and Caius College
By Gonville and Caius College, Gonville and Caius College Library, Montague Rhodes James, Library
Published by University Press, 1908

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts in the Library of Clare College, Cambridge: Cambridge
By Clare College (University of Cambridge). Library, Montague Rhodes James
Published by University Press, 1905
51 pages

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity Hall: [Cambridge].
By Trinity Hall (University of Cambridge). Library, Montague Rhodes James
Published by University press, 1907
46 pages

Catalogue of a Portion of the Valuable Collection of Manuscripts, Early Printed Books, &c: Of the Late William Morris, of Kelmscott House, Hammersmith
By William Morris
Published by Dryden press, J. Davy and sons, 1898
Original from the University of Michigan
Digitized Oct 9, 2006
118 pages

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Pembroke College, Cambridge: with a hand list of the printed books to the year 1500
By Pembroke College (University of Cambridge). Library, Montague Rhodes James, Pembroke College (Cambridge, Ellis Hovell Minns
Published by University press, 1905
314 pages

Catalogue of the Sanskrit Manuscripts in the British Museum: By Cecil Bendall
By British Museum Dept. of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts, Cecil Bendall
Published by Gilbert and Rivington, 1902
Original from the New York Public Library
Digitized Apr 2, 2008
261 pages

Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève
By Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Charles Kohler, Charles Alfred Kohler, France Ministère de l’instruction publique
Published by E. Plon, Nourrit et cie., 1893
Item notes: v.1
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Jun 8, 2007

Inventaire des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque nationale: Fonds de Cluni
By Bibliothèque nationale (France). Département des manuscrits, Léopold Delisle
Published by H. Champion, 1884
Original from Oxford University
Digitized Aug 29, 2007
413 pages

Search OCLC WorldCat (Manuscript materials in the National Union Catalog

National Union Catalog of Manuscripts

Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online (Cambridge U)

British Museum Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

Electronic Access to Medieval Manuscripts

The James Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts (Trinity College Cambridge)

Listing of Medieval Manuscript Microforms (Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri MA Libraries)

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford – Electronic Catalogue of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford – Western manuscripts to c. 1500

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford Online catalogues of Western Manuscripts – Search

Color images from manuscripts in the University of Kentucky Special Collections Library



Facsimiles of Illuminated Manuscripts in Special Collections (U. of Arizona)

Digital Collections – University of South Carolina Libraries

Princeton – Getty funds medieval manuscript catalog

Database of Alchemical Manuscripts

Medieval Manuscripts Sorted Alphanumerically by Manuscript Number

Case Western Reserve Brooks Library – Illustrated Manuscripts

University of Libraries: Digital Collections

A Catalog of Illuminated Manuscript Facsimiles in the Western Michigan University Libraries

English Medieval Manuscripts on Microform (Michigan State Univ. Libraries)

Mystere dou jour dou jugement: Besançon, Bibliothèque Municipale ms. [M] 579

French Studies > Manuscripts – intute

German Studies > Manuscripts – intute

Italian Studies > Manuscripts – intute

Celtic Studies > Manuscripts – intute

Spanish Studies > Manuscripts – intute

Portuguese Studies > Manuscripts – intute

Russian Studies > Manuscripts – intute

Birchbark Literacy from Medieval Rus: Contents and Contexts

Scandinavian Studies > Manuscripts – intute

Other European Studies > Manuscripts – intute

A Census of Medieval Manuscripts in South Carolina Collections

Liber Floridus – enluminures des manuscrits médiévaux conservés dans les bibliothèques de l’enseignement supérieur

Die digitale Handschriftenbibliothek Köln – Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis (CEEC)

List of illuminated Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

List of illuminated manuscripts (Wikipedia)

Choix de miniatures des manuscrits del’Université de Liège

Medieval Manuscript Manual

Images from Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts

Pages from the Past: A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina Collections

Le Fonds ancien de la Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon



Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru The National Library of Wales – Manuscripts

Bibliographie zu mittelalterlichen Handschriften in Österreich – Bibliography on Medieval Manuscripts in Austria

Manuscrits médiévaux messins numérisés

Miscellaneous Digital Facsimile Collections

Manuscritos medievales (Biblioteca Virtual de Miguel Cervantes)

Mandragore, base des manuscrits enluminés de la B.n.F.

La Cantilène de Sainte Eulalie (ms with java modern French translation)

Cours de paléographie – Archive du cours d’Arisitum

A Hypertext Book of Hours

Roman de la Rose Digital Library

Brut Chronicle

Fifty-one Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts (Cary Collection)

Le Moyen Âge en Lumière – Les Trésors des Bibliothèques en France

John of Berry’s Petites Heures, 14th Century. (BNF, LAT 18014)

Katalog der Handschriften der Universitäts-Bibliothek in Heidelberg (Band 2): Die deutschen Pfälzer Handschriften des XVI. und XVII. Jahrhunderts der Universitäts-Bibliothek in Heidelberg. Mit einem Anhange: Die Handschriften der Batt´schen Bibliothek

Heidelberg, 1903

Bibliographische Information Alle zugehörigen BändeSammlung

Persistente URL:
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-diglit-11436
(PDF, 55 MB)

(z. B.: IV, 145, xii)


* Deckblatt
* VII-XII Vorwort
* Titelblatt
* 2-148 I. Codices Palatini Germanici
* 150-162 II. Codices Heidelbergenses Battiani
* 163-190 Register
* 190 Nachträge und Verbesserungen

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Digital Librarian)


Electronic Beowulf

Codex Gigas (National Library in Stockholm)

Die Nibelungen-Handschrift C digital

The Worcester Cathedral Fragments

NKS 66 8º: Harpestræng: Liber Herbarum

Finding Medieval Manuscripts – Discovery and Citation in the Digital Era

Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts


Robert D. Peckham, Ph.D
Professor of French
Chair, AATF Commission on Advocacy
Director, Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center
Director, Globe-Gate Intercultural Web Project
Director, Andy Holt Virtual Library
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
Univ. of Tennessee at Martin / Martin TN 38238

From MEDTEXTL, re-posted with permission, thanks Bob!

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