Illuminated Manuscripts: Search Engines and Databases

Search Engines and Databases

Austria

Austrian Literature Online ALO is a digital library with more than 15.000 documents from the 11th Century up to the present. ALO originates from an initiative of the University Innsbruck Library, the University Library Graz and the Institute "Integrated studies" of the University of Linz.

Manuscripta Medieval Manuscripts in Austria

Belgium

Flandrica is a treasure trove of books, manuscripts and periodicals from heritage libraries in Flanders

Germany

Avestan Digital Archive (ADA) seeks to be a digital archive containing all Avestan manuscripts spread all over the world. The Avesta, the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, was last edited at the end of the 90s of the 19th century by the German scholar K. F. Geldner.

Finland

Codices Fennici (Project)

France

Bibliothèque virtualle des manuscrits médievaux

Calames Online catalogue of archives and manuscripts in French University and Research libraries

Catalogue Collectif de France

Initiale is a computerized catalogue of illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, mainly those preserved in the public libraries of France, outside the National Library of France.

Libraria is a site dedicated to the history of ancient libraries, from the high middle ages to the collections of the modern era. It publishes the Repertory of ancient inventories of medieval France (BMF) and that of the inventories of Greek manuscripts of the Byzantine and modern periods (RIMG). You can also access the Bibale database on ancient manuscript collections and the Pinakes database on Greek texts and manuscripts.

Mandragore Iconographic database (BnF and Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal)

Medium Medium is a repertoire of manuscripts reproduced or recorded at the IRHT: manuscripts of the middle ages and the Renaissance preserved in the libraries of France (excluding BNF); some incunables, ancient books, manuscripts of the BNF and other libraries in the world selected according to the research programs of the IRHT.

Germany

Digitalisierte Handschriften und Bücher The University Libraries of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Tübingen as well as the Württembergische and the Badische Landesbibliothek offer selected digitized books, manuscripts, incunabula, old prints and special materials such as maps, notes and graphics.

Manuscripta Mediaevalia currently hosts more than 90,000 documents on Western manuscripts available mainly in German libraries.

Ireland

Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) The object of ISOS is to create digital images of Irish manuscripts, and to make these images - together with relevant commentary - accessible on a WWW site. The purpose of such a site is to provide an electronic resource.

Italy

MANUS is a database containing catalogue descriptions and digital images of manuscripts, private papers and archives held by Italian public, private and ecclesiastical libraries.

MIRABILE is the knowledge management system for study and research on medieval culture developed by the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino and the Fondazione Ezio Franceschini ONLUS of Florence, in partnership with other institutions.

Trame is a research infrastructure project for the development and interoperability of web databases about medieval manuscript tradition. The focus of TRAME is to foster the interactivity of repositories concerning digitized images of medieval manuscripts, their codicological descriptions, their textual and philological interest, their cultural significance in the context of the european history.

Netherlands

Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch 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.

Norway

Virtual manuscripts The project was jointly funded by the University of Bergen and Bergen Research Foundation and springs out of the research project "From manuscript fragments to book history" (2012-2017).

Poland

POLONA is a website created by the National Library of Poland through which the resources of the National Library and other institutions are made available free of charge in digital form.

Spain

Philobiblon is a a free internet-based bio-bibliographical database of texts written in the various Romance vernaculars of the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. (Bancroft Library, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Cilengua, Universitat de Barcelona)

Sweden

ALVIN, search portal for cultural heritage collections (manuscripts, personal archives, images, maps and older printed material) in the university libraries of Lund, Uppsala and Gothenburg among others.

Manuscripta.se is a digital catalogue of medieval and early modern manuscripts kept in Swedish libraries.

Switzerland

e-codices. The goal of e-codices is to provide free access to all medieval and a selection of modern manuscripts of Switzerland by means of a virtual library. At the moment, the virtual library contains 2214 manuscripts from 88 different collections. The virtual library will be continuously updated and extended.

United Kingdom

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain are attested first by their surviving books and second by surviving medieval catalogues of the collections. The intention of this resource is to unite these complementary fragments in a way that allows the evidence to be approached in an integrative manner. It brings together two standard research tools for medieval libraries: Neil Ker’s Medieval Libraries of Great Britain and the Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues.

United States

Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts The Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts (DLMM) currently encompasses the Roman de la Rose Digital Library and the Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium. It offers a research environment in which the 13th-century narrative of the Rose and the works of late 14th/early 15th-century author, Christine de Pizan, can be explored in their manuscript context.

Digital Scriptorium is a growing consortium of American libraries and museums committed to free online access to their collections of pre-modern manuscripts.

Pages from the Past: A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina Collections comprises a digital record of all the medieval manuscripts in South Carolina’s institutional archives.

Philobiblon is a a free internet-based bio-bibliographical database of texts written in the various Romance vernaculars of the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. (Bancroft Library, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Cilengua, Universitat de Barcelona)

World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.