Paleography, Codicology, MSS, etc.

Textual scholarship is arguably blessed by the internet. Scholars can exchange paleographic, codicological and other philological information individually or on listserves like MEDTEXTL. They can work in teams, examening text and digitized color photographs shared as e-mail attachments, or as files from FTP directories,in JPEG, GIF and other image formats on web pages, debating the significance of a serrif, or evidence of a trimmed manuscript page. The distance separating team members is little relevant.

In addition, textual scholars can produce critical editions on the web which would not be given due consideration by traditional publishers, not because of quality or of methodological soundness, but simply because of the money involved in producing critical editions that are fully appropriate for a variety of readers, and which take advantage of the enormous amount of relevant information available in our time. These editions will certainly enhance the reader's ability to judge the validity of an editor's choice of manuscripts or readings...

To promote the increasingly possible concept of shared knowledge in medieval manuscript studies extending beyond the walls of remote and wealthy collections, I offer the following list of links, divided according to named criteria. Link titles have been reproduced as transfered from web pages.


ARCHives nationales IMages de documents

Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia

Bibliographie analytique sur les bibliothèques cisterciennes (arrêtée à l'année 1996)

Cyber-psalter - a home page for psalter studies

Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes

Handschriftenforschung im Internet

Hill Monastic Manuscript Library

HoBo - History of the Book @ Oxford

Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

Manuscript Manual

Manuscript Research: Identifying Texts and Locating Secondary Literature

Manuscript Studies

Manuscript Studies Medieval and Early Modern

Manuscripts and Early Prints

Manuscripts, Paleography, Codicology ( Labyrinth)

Medieval Multimedia - Digitizing the Middle Ages

Paleography and Codicology: Introductory Bibliography

Peckham's Paleography & Manuscript urls

Rare Book Cataloging Tutorial

Resources for the History of Books and Printing

Some Variables Involved in Document Analysis

Texts, Manuscripts, and Palaeography

Textual Criticism and Manuscript Interpretation

The TEI/MASTER proposals for manuscript descriptions: an introduction

Writing Materials & The History of Books and Printing: Some Related Links


Computers & Texts

Gazette du Livre Medieval

La Revue d'Histoire des Textes

Manuscript Studies (Columbia University Libraries)

Manuscripta Orientalia

Manuscripts - Medieval Studies, at Stanford University

Studies in Bibliography (Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia)

TEXT: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship

Traditio: Manuscripts and Transmission of Texts (subject index)

Manuscripts and Transmission of Texts in "Traditio" (index of article titles)


Abbreviationes (for medieval Latin paleography 60,000 entries)

The Ancient Book - Paleography and Illumination

L'aventure des ècritures - Bibliographie (BNF)

BNF - Ecritures: Bibliographie

Byzantine Paleography

Comitè International de Palèographie Latine

Ductus Paleography Course, ed. by Bernard Muir

Glossary of Terms Used in Paleography [emphasis on Greek mss]

Historia da Escritura en Galicia

Historisch Hilfswissenschaften

History of Lettering

"An Introduction to Palaeography for Scribes" (by Nicolaa de Bracton of Leicester)

Medieval Renaissance Calligraphy [Planet Wayne, European calligraphic scripts]

Medieval Scriptoria and the Transmission of Texts

A Primer on Colonial Spanish Paleography

Reading Charters

Research Links: Palaeography

Paleography Working Area: Images, Lectures, Assignments

David A. Postles, Medieval Paleography - An Introductory Course

SCRIPTA: La scrittura nel tempo - The history of handwriting


Transmission des textes - Documents d'archives - Palèographie

Übersicht der Seiten

WWW Paleography Learning Module (French manuscripts)


Archive of Papers and Watermarks in Greek Manuscripts

Carolingian Writing Centers

Codicology: The Study of the Manuscript Codex - Definition

Richard W. Clement, "Medieval and Renaissance Book Production - Manuscript Books" in ORB Online Encyclopedia - Manuscript Books

Early English Scribal Culture

Exposition 200 Reliures du Moyen-âge a nos Jours

Formes sous lesquelles les sources diplomatiques nous sont parvenues

The Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive

Thomas Gravell Watermark Collection

IRHT Glossaire Illustrè (en cours) - [French medieval book culture]

Le Parchemin

Research Links: MSS

The WWW Watermark Archive Initiative

A Shape Retrieval System for Watermark Images Sur les filigranes des papiers françle;ais des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles The WWW Watermark Archive Initiative


The Aberdeen Bestiary Project Table of contents

MS. Ashmole 1462 (Miscellaneous medical and herbal texts, in Latin England, late 12th century

British Library - Digital Library - Beowulf

The Electronic Beowulf

About the Brut Manuscript Images: Technical Information, Feedback and Related Sources

Le CHIENNET - Study of a 14th Century French Manuscript: "La Châtelaine de Vergi"

The Canon of John Lydgate Project

The Canterbury Tales Project (with sample images)

The Cantigas de Santa Maria

The Charrette Project

Doomsday Gateway Page

An Eleventh Century Anglo-Saxon Glossary from MS Brussels, Royal Library 1650: An Edition and Source Study

Extrait d'un manuscrit medieval du XIIiéme siècle -Exemple de notation en neumes

The Codicology of the Huntingfield Psalter

Ee.3.59: The Life of King Edward the Confessor [entire ms of the Cambridge University library - 1250-60]

Mystere dou jour dou jugement

The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive

The Electronic Sermo Lupi ad Anglos (1014 in Anglo Saxon)

Les Trés Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The York Doomsday Project

Vita Sancti Wilfridi, auctore Edmero


The Bergendal Collection of Medieval Manuscripts (125 - largest private collection)

BNF - Manuscrits occidentaux

BNF - Manuscrits orientaux

Bodleian Library - Towards an Image Catalogue

British Library - Manuscripts

Choix de Miniatures des manuscrits de l'université de Liège

Corpus of Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art

Database of alchemical manuscripts - Wellcome Institute


Digital Scriptorium-towards a renaissance in Manuscript Studies

Duke's Papyrus Collection

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

Electronic Access to Medieval Manuscripts

Filmothèques contenant des microfilms de manuscrits médiévaux

Paul Halsall, "Byzantine Manuscript Indices Bibliography"

Les Champs Elysees


Hill Monastic Library

A hundred highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Illuminated Manuscripts on the Web

Manuscrits médiévaux conservés dans les Bibliothèques universitaires

Medieval Images

Mediaeval manuscripts and illumination (from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek - Netherlands)


Die Minnesänger aus der Manessischen Handschrift

Netserf - Manuscript Images [medieval art]

Penn Library Medieval Manuscript Microforms (extensive collection)

PhiloBiblon (Iberian Peninsula manuscripts)

Pre-1600 Manuscripts in Sanford's Special Collections

RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY (Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - Columbia Univ.)

Repository of Primary Sources (link page to ms holdings, archives, etc.)

Some links concerning medieval manuscript cataloguing, databases, etc.

Les Trésors de la Bibliothèque Municipale de Besançon



University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon (medieval ms descriptions and searchable datebase)

Robert D. Peckham
Director, the Globe-Gate Project
Director, the Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center
University of Tennessee-Martin e-mail