Manuscripts online: manuscript archives, libraries and websites

Online manuscripts; manuscript collections, libraries and archives
Rare books; Biblical manuscripts, Illuminated manuscripts; manuscrits; manuscritos; manoscritti
A list of websites

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American manuscript collections *

American manuscripts.
University of Texas Archives and Manuscripts Section of the Center for American History

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Searchable digital image collections.

Columbia University Archives and Manuscripts Collection.

Cornell University Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection

Fordham University Archives and Special Collections

Getty Museum Center manuscript collection. 
Religious, devotional and secular works.

Harry Ramson Humanities Research Center
American literary manuscripts. University of Texas

Juilliard Manuscript Collection
The Juilliard Manuscript Collection is a collection of 140 priceless autograph manuscripts, sketches, engravers proofs and first editions.

Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library,
Duke University.

Australian manuscript collections *

Australian literary manuscripts.
The database consists of electronic guides for more than eighty collections of Australian literary manuscripts.

National Library of Australia manuscript collection.

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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Searchable digital image collections.

Bening, Simon. Simon Bening, 1483-156, Flemish illuminator.
The Getty Museum

Bible manuscripts *

Codex Sinaiticus
Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time.

British Library exhibition of sacred texts, sacred manuscripts.

Dead Sea Scrolls

Scrolls From The Dead Sea. Library of Congress exhibition.

Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls

UCLA Qumran Visualization Project

Dead Sea Scrolls Institute

Dead Sea scrolls, Wikipedia entry.

Gutenberg Bible. Gutenberg Digital, The Göttenberg  Gutenberg Bible, Germany.
View by chapter and page. All 1282 pages of both volumes. Johann Gutenberg: His Life.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan.
Manuscripts, indices, codices, Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts.

Biblioteca Vaticana
The Vatican Library, Rome.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France manuscript collection.

Mandragore, base iconographique du département des Manuscrits

Blogs *

Manuscripts Online; Written Culture 1000-1500

Google scans of manuscripts and books in The Bodlean Library.

Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library hosts a huge collection of rare books,  manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints, including several first edition folios by William Shakespeare.

Bodlean Library Illuminated Manuscript Collection, Oxford University.
Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals. The site provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford.

British Library manuscript collections *

British Library manuscripts catalogue.

British Library manuscript collections.

Arabic Manuscripts

Digitised manuscripts web resources.

Hebrew Manuscripts

Literary and Theatrical collections.

Manuscripts: Ongoing collections.

Manuscripts: Recent acquisitions.

British Library ‘Turning the Pages’ manuscript website.
The Lindisfarne Gospels, the Diamond Sutra, the Sforza Hours, the Leonardo notebook, the Golden Haggadah, the Luttrell Psalter, Blackwell’s Herbal, Vesalius and the Sherborne Missal and others.

British literary manuscript collections *

British Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660?1900
British Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660-1900 is the first release in Gale?s British Literary Manuscripts Online series. This extensive digital archive includes hundreds of thousands of pages of poems, plays, essays, novels, diaries, journals, correspondence and other manuscripts from the Restoration through the Victorian era. These  documents can now be accessed by students, instructors and researchers everywhere.

Bodlian Library, Oxford University, Luna database of manuscripts.
A collaboration between ARTstor and the Bodleian Library to produce 25,000 images from 35mm filmstrip negatives and positive slides. Material includes medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Historical Manuscripts Commission, National Archives, Britain.
A searchable index of manuscripts held in Britain.

Buddhist manuscripts *

Buddhist manuscripts.
The Early Buddhist Manuscript Project. The British Library and The University of Washington. Scrolls written in the Kharosthi script and the Gandhari (Prakrit) language.

Chester Beatty Library
Permanent exhibitions of eastern and western manuscripts, sacred texts and miniature paintings.

Byzantine manuscripts *

Byzantine art internet resources.

Byzantine Manuscript Indices, Bibliography.

Early Christian and Byzantine manuscripts and art.

Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
Producing digital photographs of extant Greek New Testament manuscripts and announcing new discoveries.

The Charrette Project
A scholarly, multi-media electronic archive containing medieval manuscripts of Chrétien de Troyes’s Le Chevalier de la Charrette(Lancelot,ca. 1180). Department of Romance Languages, Princeton University.

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland.
Permanent exhibitions of eastern and western manuscripts, sacred texts and miniature paintings.

Chinese manuscripts *

The City and the Book
International congress held May, June, September, 2001 at Certosa, Florence.

Codices *

Codex Vaticanus. Wikipedia entry.

Codice and illuminated manuscripts.
A website and web directory by James G. Pepper.
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Dead Sea Scrolls *

Dead Sea Scrolls (Project Judaica)

Dead Sea Scrolls Institute

Dead Sea Scrolls. Wikipedia entry.

Digitalized images online.
Projects, indices, research libraries with manuscript collections, interpreting manuscripts.

Medieval Manuscripts; links to manuscript websites.
The Age of King Charles V (1338-1380):
1,000 Illuminations from the Department of Manuscripts,The Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Bodleian Library: Illuminated  Manuscript Images
The Book of Kells: Trinity College, Dublin. British Library Treasures.
The Cary Collection: Medieval manuscripts in The Carey Graphics Arts Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
Chepman & Myllar prints (earliest Scottish printed books), National Library of Scotland. Digital Beowulf Project.
DScriptorium Digital Manuscript Image Project.

Dutch manuscripts *

Museums and Special Collections. University of Amsterdam

Dutch Medieval Manuscript Collections
This database contains descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts up to c. 1550 written in Latin script and preserved in public and semi-public collections in the Netherlands. These include the collections of libraries, museums, archives, collections of monastic orders and some private institutions open to researchers.

Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections. Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Dutch collections Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts. The European Library
This is the richest collection of illuminated manuscripts in the Netherlands.

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Eastern Orthodox Manuscripts at Mount Athos, Thessaloniki.
Catalogi Codicum. Montis Athonis

English manuscripts *

Bodleian Library: English manuscripts to c. 1500.

Bodlian Library, Oxford University, Luna database of manuscripts.
A collaboration between ARTstor and the Bodleian Library to produce 25,000 images from 35mm filmstrip negatives and positive slides. Material includes medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

British Library manuscript collections.

Early English Drama Centre for Research in Early English Drama, Toronto
Records of Early English Drama (REED) is an international scholarly project that is establishing the context from which the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries grew. Along with twenty-seven collections of records in print, REED is building a dynamic collection of freely available digital resources for research and education.

 

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Fiske Icelandic Collection, Cornell University Library. 
The largest repository of works on Iceland and on Nordic medieval studies in North America. Vellum and paper manuscripts, Elder Edda, contemporary Icelandic belles lettres, medieval sagas and literary criticism.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University.
The Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books

Folger Shakespeare Library
The world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, in addition to a magnificent collection of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts on all disciplines. 

French manuscripts *

Bibliothèque Nationale de France manuscript collection.

Mandragore, base iconographique du département des Manuscripts

ARCHIM : Archives nationales images de documents
ARCH, a French archive of valuable historical documents, pictures and photographs from France’s National Archives’ historical department.

Bestiaire médiévale, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Gallica: la bibliothèque numérique, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The European Digital Library Treasures, The European Library

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Getty Museum Center manuscript collection. 
Religious, devotional and secular works.

German manuscript collections *

Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Ludwig van Beethoven, Sinfonie Nr. 6 (F-Dur) op. 68 (Pastorale), Partitur, Autograph

Ludwig van beethoven. Symphony no. 9 autograph manuscript. Staatsbibliothek ze Berlin

Die Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: German Manuscripts

Kaiser-Heinrich-Bibliothek
The “Kaiser-Heinrich-Bibliothek” is the digital version of the 165 manuscripts (complet codices and fragments) which emperor Henry II. (973–1024) gave to Bamberg and which are now in the Staatsbibliothek (State Library) Bamberg. Further information about the State Library in English language can be found on http://www.staatsbibliothek-bamberg.de/index.php?id=1345.

Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library
Library of Congress

Late Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts from the Biblioteca Palatina
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Musikabteilung mit Mendelssohn-Archiv

Digitized Manuscripts from German Libraries
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek

Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis
Universität zu Köln

Medieval Manuscripts on the Web, a list of links.
Manuscript of the Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op.27-2 by Beethoven
Manuscript of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op.27-2 by Beethoven; Beethoven-Haus Bonn

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Harry Ramson Humanities Research Center
American and international literary manuscripts. University of Texas. Manuscripts, typescripts, corrected proofs and galleys, notes, correspondence, diaries, and annotated volumes of major twentieth-century authors from North America, Great Britain and France. There are also important holdings in British history and the history of science.

Hebrew manuscripts *

Hebrew Books and Manuscripts at the Leiden University Library, Netherlands.
Hebrew incunabula.

Hebrew manuscripts.
The Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Israel. Collecting microfilm copies of all Hebrew manuscripts extant in public and private collections.

The John Rylands University Library Genizah collection.
The library holds a collection of around 11,000 fragments, mostly written in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo,

The Jewish National and University Library
Edmond Safra campus, Givat Ram, Jerusalem.

Talmudic manuscripts, Jewish National annd University Library, Israel.

Historical Manuscripts Commission, National Archives, Britain.
A searchable index of manuscripts held in Britain.

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Icelandic manuscripts *

Icelandic and Norse manuscripts. Fiske Icelandic Collection, Cornell University Library.
The largest repository of works on Iceland and on Nordic medieval studies in North America.

Icelandic Medieval Literature Manuscript Collection
Sagnanet

Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts Website
An introduction to Biblical text critical methods and ancient manuscripts. School of Religion, Richmond, Indiana. 

Islamic manuscripts *

Islamic medical manuscripts. 
US National Library of Medicine. 

Islamic Manuscripts from The Mali Collection

Islamic Manuscripts:
Manuscripts Division, Princeton University.

The Qur’anic Manuscripts

Slovakia – Basagic’s Collection of Islamic Manuscripts

University of Michigan Library
Near East Division, Islamic Manuscripts Collection

Italian Medieval manuscripts *

Manuscript Illumination in Italy (1400-1600 A.D.).
Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Masterpieces in Miniature
Getty Museum

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Jewish manuscripts *

Judaic manuscripts.
Project Judaica Foundation.

Ets Haim Bibliotheek, Amsterdam
Ets Haim is the oldest still functioning Jewish library in the world. It was founded in 1639 and has been housed in the historical complex of the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam since 1675. In 1889 the private library of the then librarian David Montezinos was donated to Ets Haim and the library has been known since then as Ets Haim/Livraria Montezinos.

Julian of Norwich
Godfriends Websites on Julian of Norwich, her ‘showing of love’ and its contexts.Umilta. 

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Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums. 
Buffalo, Charleston, Duluth, Jacksonville, Newburgh Santa Barbara, Tacoma.

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Libraries and major theological sites. 
A web directory by James G. Pepper.

National Library of Congress
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room
Online exhibits, resources.

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The Manuscript Society, US.
An international society of over 1,800,including dealers, private collectors, scholars, authors and caretakers of public collections, such as librarians, archivists, and curators.

Medical manuscripts *

Wellcome Library
includes substantial collections of Asian medical books and manuscripts. These collections include over 6000 Sanskrit manuscripts, as well as manuscripts in Hindi, Persian, and many other languages of S. Asia.

Medieval manuscripts *

See also: Medieval art, a guide to websites.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the world’s richest collection of incunabula. The collection comprises approximately 20,000 copies of 9,742 editions.
The Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books preserves the most valuable historical holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which are continuously complemented by further purchases. The treasures of this department rank the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek among the top libraries of the world.

Bestiarie

Bestiaire
On-line exhibition of bestiaries and aviaries, including Roman de Renart and Roman de Fauvain.

Biiblioteca Nazionale de Roma

Bibliotheca Schoenbergensis

Bodleian Library
Western manuscripts to c.1500: Browse images.

Bodlian Library, Oxford University, Luna database of manuscripts.
A collaboration between ARTstor and the Bodleian Library to produce 25,000 images from 35mm filmstrip negatives and positive slides. Material includes medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

British Library manuscript collection online.

The Burnet Psalter

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
This site was designed to enable users to find fully digitized manuscripts currently available on the web. You can use the search box to quickly search on specific terms, or use the “Search Manuscripts” link to search on particular fields, such as date, or provenance information. You can also browse the Catalogue by the Location of an archive or library, the shelfmark of an item, by the author of a text (where that information is available), or by the language of a text (again, where available).

Digital Sriptorium, Columbia University.
The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloguing.

Dutch Royal Library
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Dutch Medieval Manuscript Collections
This database contains descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts up to c. 1550 written in Latin script and preserved in public and semi-public collections in the Netherlands. These include the collections of libraries, museums, archives, collections of monastic orders and some private institutions open to researchers.

e-codices
Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland/Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer
The goal of the e-codices project is to provide access to all medieval and selected early modern manuscripts held in Switzerland via a virtual library

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The European Digital Library Treasures, The European Library
A website that accesses the contents of European national libraries.

Evolution of the Medieval Book
Overview and analysis of the development of the medieval book.

Gallica
Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Founded to preserve medieval manuscripts from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in microfilm form.

Late Antique and Medieval manuscripts.
Benedictional of Aethelwold, Bible of S Paolo fuori le Mura, c.870, Book of Kells, by 807, Canon table, Book of Lindisfarne, by 698, Canon table.

Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Wikipedia entry.

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Limbourg brothers – Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Malory’s Arthurian Manuscript (The Winchester Manuscript).
British Library

Medieval Studies
Online Refernce Book for Medieval Studies.ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students.

Medieval Manuscripts on the Web
This list is intended to offer quick access to various digitization projects on the web. Listings are alphabetical by originating institution.

The Morgan Library
Medieval Illuminations from the Pierpont Morgan Library.

National Library of Wales Manuscript Collection

Oxford University
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University. Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals.

Piers Plowman Electronic Archive of Manuscripts
The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, a collaborative open-access project, presents the rich textual tradition of Piers Plowman, a fourteenth-century allegorical dream vision attributed to William Langland.

Scriptorium
Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online
A digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from c. 1450-1720, including research and teaching resources for late medieval and early modern manuscript studies.

Morgan Library, New York.
A large collection of manuscripts, drawings and prints, literary and historic manuscripts, music manuscripts, ancient near east tablets and seals.

Mount Athos Manuscripts Digital Library
In terms of both quantity and significant individual items, the monasteries of Mount Athos are among the world’s greatest repositories of manuscripts from antiquity. 

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National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (USA).
This site, operated by the Library of Congress, offers free access to the United States national database of manuscript holdings through its integral cataloguing program.

Organizations *

GLAM
The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (GLAM) was established in 2005 to bring together archivists, librarians, curators, writers, researchers, and anyone else with an interest in the collecting, preservation, use and promotion of literary archives and manuscripts in Britain and Ireland.

Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts (North America)
The Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts seeks to bring together individuals and organizations responsible for the creation, stewardship, and use of literary archives, with the understanding that these parties have common interests and concerns.

The Centre for Manuscript Genetics, University of Antwerp
The CMG’s research focus is the study of modern manuscripts and writing processes,

Oxford University. Early Manuscripts at Oxford University
Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals.

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Papyri *

Trismegistos.org
Online database of ancient manuscripts. An interdisciplinary portal of papyrological and epigraphical resources dealing with Egypt and the Nile valley between roughly 800 BC and AD 800.Oxyrhynchus papyri.

Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Wikipedia entry.

Oxford University: Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project

Oxyrhynchus Online

Table of Contents

The Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri

Complete List of Greek NT Papyri

The Oxyrhynchus papyri
edited with translations and notes by Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt.

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Rare and antique books, a list of websites.

Renaissance manuscripts *

Renaissance manuscripts (displayed as turning pages) held at The British Library.

Sforza Hours. Sketches by Leonardo da Vinci.

Vatican Renaissance music manuscripts.

Illuminated manuscripts (miniatures) from the 12th to 16th centuries.

Research Libraries Group. RLG’s Archival Resource. OCLC
A service of the United States Research Libraries Group to make the world’s scholarly resources hidden in archives more visible. 

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Saint John’s Bible. A millenium project. 
The Saint John’s Bible will be the first handwritten, illuminated Bible in the modern era.

Sanskrit manuscripts *

Sanskrit manuscript collection held at Oriental Collections. 

Schoyen Manuscript Collection
A checklist of 222 manuscripts.

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Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry illuminated manuscript,
by the Limburg (or Limbourg) Brothers.

Trismegistos.org
Online database of ancient manuscripts.

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University of Texas Archives and Manuscripts Section of the Center for American History
8,000 separate collections. Because of the size and the age of these holdings, no one index is available for the entire collection of archival and manuscript materials. The index presented here, compiled during the 1980s, provides name, place, and topical subject access to many, but not all, of the collections that had been acquired by the Center at that time.

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Vatican Renaissance music manuscripts. 

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Western manuscripts until 1500.
Bodlean Library, Oxford University.

Welsh medieval manuscript collections from The National Library of Wales *

Bede’s De natura rerum

The Black Book of Basingwerk

The Black Book of Carmarthen

The Book of Llandaff

The Book of Taliesin

Brogyntyn ii.1 (Porkington 10), a Middle English miscellany

A Gutun Owain Manuscript (NLW 3026C)

The Llanbeblig Book of Hours (NLW 17520A)

Piers Plowman

The White Book of Rhydderch

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