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  • Central US

    The Central United States is home to many of the country’s largest public institutions of learning. Several universities feature strong specialized connections while others have built relationships with religious institutions and house considerable documentary resources.

    - Illinois
    - Indiana
    - Iowa
    - Kansas
    - Kentucky
    - Michigan
    - Minnesota
    - Missouri
    - Ohio
    - Texas
    - Wisonsin

    Jeff HARTMAN, 20 September 2010
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  • Illinois

    - University of Chicago Library
    Special Collections Research Center
    1100 E. 57th Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60637
    Phone : (773) 702-8705
    Fax : (773) 702-3728

    Subjects covered : History of Science and Medicine, Legal Documents, Music, Philosophy, Reformation
    Volumes : Over 300 manuscripts and 362 incunabula.

    The S. Harrison Thomson Collection of Medieval English Manuscripts is made up of complete or partial facsimiles of 383 manuscripts from nearly 80 libraries throughout Europe and the United States. The focal point of the collection is the writings of Robert Grosseteste, 13th century Bishop of Lincoln, but the works of Walter Burley, John Wyclyf, and other medieval thinkers are also represented. The McKeon Collection 1,800 rare books from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century focused on early philosophy and thought. The Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection contains approximately 4600 items comprising a chronological series of English court and manorial documents spanning the period from 1200 to 1785. The Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Collection is made up of 2,453 legal documents pertaining to Late Medieval and Early Modern Northern Italy. There are also microfilms of some 250 medieval Gregorian chant manuscripts, most of them from France or Italy. Other manuscript holdings include late medieval and Renaissance secular and religious texts, commonplace books, musical scores, sermons, papal dispatches, poetry, and letters.

    Two major collections are available on line : The Goodspeed Manuscript Collection and Le Roman de la Rose and Le Jeu des échecs moralisé.

    Access Conditions
    The library is undergoing renovation throughout 2010 and may have reduced hours or seating until the spring of 2011. See here for more details.
    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration. See here.

    - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    346 Main Library (MC-522)
    1408 West Gregory Drive
    Urbana, Illinois 61801
    Phone : (217) 333-3777
    Fax : (217) 244-1755

    Subjects covered : Classics, Early print, England, Theology
    Volumes : 96 codices, 88 leaves, one scroll, and 1,100 incunabula

    Among the incunabula are works from the press of the Venetian printer Aldus Manutius, as well as works from the first printers across Europe. Rare editions printed in England and in English are also well represented. Manuscript holdings are mainly focused on Tudor and Elizabethan England.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    - The Newberry Library?
    60 W. Walton St.?
    Chicago, IL 60610?
    Phone: 312-943-9090?
    Fax: 312-255-3513?
    Catalogue online

    Subjects covered : Age of exploration, Book arts, Cartography, Devotional texts, Music, Philosophy, Renaissance, Theology
    Volumes : More than 325 codices and more than 100 leaves, documents, and scrolls, including seven small fragment collections, and over 2000 incunabula.

    An independent research library in the humanities, the Newberry Library has holdings that span the history and culture of western Europe from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century and the Americas from the time of first contact between Europeans and Native Americans through the present day.

    History : The Library was founded as a public library in 1887 by a bequest of Walter Loomis Newberry, founder of the Young Men’s Library Association, and president of the Chicago Historical Society before his death in 1868. When he drew up his will, Mr. Newberry created a codicil should his daughters die without issue. Since Chicago had no public library at the time, he determined that in such an instance a public library should be established in the northern section of the city.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    - Northwestern University Library
    Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
    1970 Campus Drive
    Evanston, Illinois 60208
    Phone : (847) 491-3635
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Dance of Death, Legal documents
    Volumes : 20 codices, 85 leaves, and 80 incunabula

    The Wakefield Vellum Documents Collection comprises more than 300 documents including indentures, deeds, leases, omnibuses, wills, a few court rolls, conveyances, and other legal documents dating from the fourteenth century. Most of them have small wax seals and a few also have large royal seals, some of which are intact in their original metal canisters.

    The library also possesses an extensive collection of material related to the Danse Macabre in medieval art and literature. This collection includes editions of the work of Hans Holbein, as well as those of his imitators and other artists depicting the Dance of Death genre between the fifteenth and the twentieth centuries.

    Access to documents : Open to the public. Researchers are encouraged to contact the library in advance to ensure availability of materials.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 1 February 2011 | 20 September 2010
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  • Indiana

    - University of Indiana
    The Lilly Library
    1200 East Seventh Street
    Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
    Tel. 812-855-2452
    Fax. 812-855-3143

    Subjects covered : Eastern Europe, Law, Religion
    Volumes : More than 3,000 manuscripts codices and 724 incunabula.

    The Coella Lindsay Ricketts Collection comprises the bulk of the medieval resources includes reproductions and original medieval documents covering a wide range of time and subject matter. The Ege manuscripts consist of original leaves from Bibles, Books of Hours and other religious items. The Poole Collection comprises 130 medieval and renaissance manuscripts and single leaves mostly pertaining to religion. The Allen Collection consists of early material pertaining to the history of Russia and Georgia as well as Chinese art. Other collections include medieval English legal documents and miniature books from the medieval period.

    Access to documents : Open with registration.

    - University of Notre Dame
    Hesburgh Libraries
    Rare Books and Special Collections
    Medieval Institute Library
    Notre Dame, IN 46556
    Phone RBSC : 574 631-0290
    Fax : 574 631-6308
    Phone MIL : (574) 631-5724
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Church History, Dante, Inquisition, Liturgy, Theology, Law
    Volumes : 44 codices and about four dozen leaves, and approximately 100 incunabula.

    Individual collections include : The Zahm Dante Collection ranks among the top Dante collections in North America. 15th- and 16th-century imprints form the heart of the Dante collection, which totals nearly 3,000 volumes. The Inquisition Collection includes more than 550 items relating to the Spanish, Portuguese and Roman Inquisitions. The Astrik L. Gabriel Collection of Early Printed Books consists of 262 titles bound in 245 volumes. The books are written in Latin, French, German, Italian, Greek and Hebrew, and include at least one title published for each of the years from 1501 to 1600. Many of the original bindings remain intact, some incorporating sheets from incunabula and late medieval manuscripts.

    The library also has a sizable collection of facsimiles and microforms of manuscripts, seals, maps, and Vatican documents, many of which can be viewed online. Also available through this site are a Heraldic dictionary, a database of archaeological site photographs, and the inventory-catalogue of the Ambrosiana collection of some 12,000 drawings by European artists who were active from the fourteenth through nineteenth centuries.

    Access Conditions
    Open Hours and Regular closings
    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration. Advance notice may be necessary to view some materials.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 20 September 2010
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  • Iowa

    - University of Iowa
    Special Collections and Archives
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
    Phone : 319-335-5921
    Fax : 319-335-5900
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Medicine, Notaries, Religion
    Volumes : Approximately 50 medieval manuscripts and 72 incunabula with another dozen separate leaves from works of particular importance.

    Complete lists of manuscripts and incunabula are available online.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with identification.

    - Loras College
    Rare Books and Special Collections
    1450 Alta Vista St.
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    Phone : (563) 588-7164
    Fax : (563) 588-7292

    Subjects covered : Book arts, Theology
    Volumes : 20 codices, approximately 200 leaves, and 59 incunabula.
    Access to documents: Open to the public with registration.

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  • Kansas

    - University of Kansas
    Kenneth Spencer Research Library - Special Collections
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
    Phone : (785) 864-4334
    Fax : (785) 864-5803
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Education, History, Law, Mandeville, Medicine, Philosophy, Religion, Renaissance
    Volumes : 220 codices, close to 2,000 documents, one scroll, 129 leaves, and 145 incunabula.

    The library’s holdings of manuscripts written before 1000 AD is very small : a dozen cuneiform tablets (dating from about 2,000 BC) ; an extraordinary Egyptian Amduat papyrus scroll, the Ballard Papyrus (dating from about 1,000 BC) ; four tiny fragments of papyrus (dating from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD), and an increasing number of manuscripts from the following centuries.

    Between AD 1000 and 1500, the library possesses : half-a-dozen undated leaves which may be as early as the 9th century; three early 11th century Anglo-Saxon leaves, 123 book-manuscripts, containing about 350 texts; 83 separate leaves (primarily liturgical; including 41 in an uncataloged "palaeographical practice set"); and several hundred (or more) pre-1500 documents as parts of several large English and Italian estate papers collections. In addition, the Summerfield Collection of European printed books from Gutenberg (1455) through 1700 comprises over 7,000 titles in history, literature, law, science, theology, and the arts.

    Access conditions : see here
    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration and photo identification.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 20 September 2010
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  • Kentucky

    - University of Kentucky
    Special Collections Library
    Lexington, KY 40506-0039
    Phone : 859-257-8611
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Age of exploration, Dante, Early Print, Liturgical materials
    Volumes : Nine codices, two leaves, approximately 300 Spanish documents, and over 100 incunabula.

    Access to documents: Open to the public with registration.

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  • Michigan

    - Detroit Public Library
    Burton Historical Collection
    5201 Woodward Ave.
    Detroit, Michigan 48202-4007
    Phone : (313) 833-1480
    Fax : (313) 578-8271
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Classics, Devotional texts, Medicine, Theology
    Volumes : 15 codices, 25 leaves, and 44 incunabula.

    The collection consists mostly of devotional texts and early editions of classical and theological works. A full catalogue is available upon request.

    Access to documents : A Detroit Public Library card is required to access the special collections. Due to recent budget constraints, non-Detroit residents, with the exception of those holding privileges at other MichiCard libraries, must pay $10 for a daily use pass or $100 for a non-resident library card.

    - University of Michigan
    Special Collections Library
    7th floor, Hatcher Graduate Library
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1205
    Phone : (734) 764-9377
    Fax : (734) 764-9368
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Devotional texts, Islam, Law, Mathematics, Science
    Volumes : 250 manuscripts along with numerous leaves, 450 incunabula

    A separate collection of approximately 1,250 Islamic manuscripts, written in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish and dating from the 8th century AD to the 20th, with over half from before 1800, ranks among the largest and most important such collections in North America.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    - Western Michigan University
    Department of Special Collections
    Waldo Library
    Rare Book Room #3015
    1903 W. Michigan Ave.
    Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5353
    Phone : (269) 387-5221
    Fax : (269) 387-5077

    Subjects covered : Anglo Saxon, Cistercian and Monastic studies, Devotional texts, Law, Music
    Volumes : 140 manuscripts, 65 incunabula

    100 manuscripts and many of the incunabula are on permanent loan from the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky. The Medieval Institute and the Center for Cistercian Studies also hold a considerable collection of manuscript facsimiles.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration. Advance notice is encouraged to ensure the availability of materials.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 20 September 2010
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  • Minnesota

    - University of Minnesota
    James Ford Bell Library
    472 Wilson Library
    309 19th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
    Phone : (612) 624-1528
    Fax : (612) 626-9353
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Age of Exploration, International Trade, Medicine, Science, Theology
    Volumes :
    James Ford Bell Library : 27 codices, 186 documents, 9 maps and atlases, and approximately 100 incunabula.
    Other University of Minnesota Special Collections : 19 codices, 63 leaves, and approximately 200 incunabula.

    The James Ford Bell Library documents the history and impact of international trade prior to ca. 1800 C.E. with a premier collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts illustrating the ways in which cultural influences expanded worldwide, with a special emphasis on European interactions. The Bell Library also houses many of the University’s other early manuscripts and rare books. Located elsewhere on campus, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine contains 20 incunabula.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    - Saint John’s University
    Hill Museum & Manuscript Library ?
    P.O. Box 7300?
    Collegeville, MN 56321-7300?
    Phone : 320-363-3514?
    Fax : 320-363-3222?
    Contact
    Catalogue online

    The collection consists of microfilm copies of approximately 90,000 manuscripts and 132,000 papyri from Europe, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Most of these are pre-1550 in date. In addition, the library has digital copies of approximately 16,000 manuscripts from the Middle East (especially Lebanon, Syria and Turkey) and South India. There are also slides of illuminations ; a teaching collection of several hundred facsimile volumes; ca. 50 manuscripts, 64 incunabula, and archival documents from monastic, cathedral, and national libraries. An extensive reference and catalogue collection supports research in the history of the book, monasticism, and the religious military orders. Since 2004, the Library has conducted extensive digitization projects of its collections.

    History : Between 1964 and 1973 the Hill Family Foundation supported the mission of Fr. Colman Barry, President of Saint John’s University, and Fr. Oliver L. Kapsner, OSB, to secure the preservation of all hand-written or manuscript books dating prior to 1600 still extant in the manuscript collections of Benedictine monasteries throughout Europe.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration. Due to limited space, all visiting scholars are asked to contact the library in advance to reserve a study carrel.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 14 September 2011
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  • Missouri

    - Concordia Seminary Library
    801 DeMun Ave.
    St. Louis, Missouri 63105
    Phone : (314) 505-7040
    Fax : (314) 505-7046
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Reformation, Theology
    Volumes : 13 codices, 19 leaves, 75 incunabula

    The library focuses on the Reformation and the history of the Lutheran church, but also contains resources for the study of hymnology, liturgics, the Peasants’ War, and classical philology.

    Access conditions
    Contact the library, or view their online calendar.
    Access to documents : Contact the library for more information.

    - University of Missouri-Columbia
    Special Collections
    402 Ellis Library
    Columbia, Missouri 65201
    Phone : (573) 882-0076
    Fax : (573) 884-5004
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Book Arts, Dance of Death
    Volumes : 11 codices, 230 leaves, and 18 incunabula

    Seventeenth century book collector John Bagford’s manuscript leaves and fragments, Fragmenta Manuscripta, dating from the eighth to the seventeenth century, offer scholars examples of book hands, decorations, and texts. Most notable are a fragment from Chaucer’s translation of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Bede’s De Orthographia, and manuscript leaves from the atelier of Geofroy Tory. The small collection of incunabula includes a splendid copy of Hartmann Schedel’s Liber Chronicarum (1493).

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    - Saint Louis University
    Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library
    Pius XII Memorial Library?
    3650 Lindell Blvd.?
    St. Louis, MO 63108?
    Phone : 314-977-3090 (dept.)
    Fax : 314-977-3108?
    Contact
    Catalogue online

    Subjects covered : Church documents

    During the initial phase of microfilming between 1951 and 1957, some 12,000,000 manuscript pages representing 30,000 codices were captured on microfilm. At present, the Vatican Film Library has copies of approximately three-quarters of the Vatican Library’s Greek, Latin, and Western European vernacular manuscripts that were then considered of special importance, in addition to copies acquired later on of the Vatican Library’s Arabic, Ethiopic, and Hebrew manuscripts, bringing their microfilm holdings from this institution to around 37,000 manuscripts. In addition, although established for the study of Vatican Library manuscripts, from the 1950s the Vatican Film Library also extensively filmed Jesuit archival material relating to Jesuit activities in the New World, copying documents from the Central Jesuit Archives in Rome and from provincial Jesuit archives in North and South America and the Philippines.

    History : The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, was formed as a collection of microfilm reproductions of the manuscripts housed in the Vatican Library and as a research center for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts studies in general. It was created through the efforts of Fr. Lowrie J. Daly, SJ (1914–2000), and with the generous financial support of the Knights of Columbus. The Vatican Film Library opened in 1953.

    Access to documents: Open to the public with identification. It is recommended that before visiting the library researchers confirm the presence in the collection of the materials they wish to consult.

    - Washington University Libraries
    Special Collections
    Campus Box 1061
    One Brookings Dr.
    St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
    Phone : (314) 935-5495
    Fax : (314) 935-4045
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Devotional texts, Theology
    Volumes : 16 manuscripts and approximately 70 incunabula.

    An online exhibit shows off some of Washington University’s illustrated manuscripts, including Books of Hours and penitentials.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 20 September 2010
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  • Ohio

    - Athenaeum of Ohio Library
    Manuscript Collection
    6626 Beechmont Ave.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
    Phone : (513) 231-2223
    Fax : (513) 231-3254
    Contact
    Catalogue online

    Subjects covered : Canon law, Devotional texts, Theology
    Volumes : 31 codices and 15 incunabula.

    Collection includes : Peter Lombard’s (1095-1160) Liber Sententiarum, Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) De Sacro Altaris Mysterio, 14th century editions of St. Augustine, and 15th century editions of St. Cyprianus.

    Access to documents: Open to the public by appointment

    - University of Cincinnati
    Carl Blegen Library
    Archives and Rare Books Department
    P.O. Box 210113
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0113
    Phone : (513) 556-1959
    Fax : (513) 556-2113

    Subjects covered : Devotional texts, Philosophy, Theology
    Volumes : 25 manuscripts (including two Korans and two Megillah scrolls), one document, and 49 incunabula.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration

    - Hebrew Union College
    Klau Library
    3101 Clifton Ave.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
    Phone : (513) 221-1875
    Fax : (513) 221-0519

    Subjects covered : Devotional texts, Education, Judaica, Legal documents
    Volumes : Approximately 2,000 Hebrew manuscripts and 140 incunabula.

    Some of the Library’s most impressive illuminated manuscripts are available online.

    Access to documents : Call for further information.

    - Oberlin College
    Special Collections
    415 Mudd Center
    148 West College St.
    Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1545
    Phone : (440) 775-5120
    Fax : (440) 775-8739
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Classics, Devotional Texts, History of the Book, Reformation, Theology
    Volumes : 75 manuscripts and 37 incunabula. The Allen Art Museum on campus owns 43 additional leaves.

    Among the works of the period in Special Collections are many texts printed in early incarnations of European vernacular tongues. Of these, the overwhelming majority are texts or fragments in English and Italian. Of particular interest are a volume printed by Wynkyn de Worde (1477?1530) and numerous editions of classical works.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    - Ohio State University
    Rare Books and Manuscripts
    327 Main Library
    1858 Neil Avenue Mall
    Columbus, Ohio 43210-1286
    Phone : (614) 292-5938
    Fax : (614) 292-7859
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Devotional texts, English literature, Reformation,
    Volumes : More than 1500 leaves and 87 incunabula.

    RBMS’ English Renaissance holdings include a rich, historical collection of multiple copies of different editions of John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and, Anglican, Puritan and Catholic religious books. The Harold Grimm History of Reformation Collection contains important writings of early Protestant reformers, especially Luther and Melanchthon.

    Access to documents : Open to the public, but appointments are encouraged.

    - Ohio State University?
    The Hilandar Research Library and Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies
    119 Thompson Main Library?
    1858 Neil Avenue Mall?
    Columbus, OH 43210-1286?
    Phone : 614-292-0634?
    Fax : 614-688-1417
    Contact
    Catalogue online

    Subjects covered : Devotional texts, Eastern Europe, Greece, Philosophy, Theology
    Volumes : The microfilm collection represents a total of 69 collections from 20 countries, while the total number of manuscripts on microform is over 4,000. Together they represent over one million pages of material. The majority of the manuscripts are Cyrillic, and date from approximately the 10th to the 20th century. The collections are particularly strong in material of the 14th through 16th centuries.

    The HRL houses microform (predominately microfilm) collections of Slavic, primarily Cyrillic, manuscripts from numerous repositories in dozens of countries, and the largest part derives from the collections found in the monasteries of Mount Athos, Greece. Various other languages, scripts and cultures are also represented, with several hundred Greek manuscripts on microfilm (especially from Hilandar Monastery) representing the second largest group of materials. Also included are portions of the Slavic manuscript collections of Zograf, St. Panteliemon, Iveron and the Great Lavra monasteries.

    History: The Hilandar Research Library (HRL), together with the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), is one of two administrative units that grew out of the Hilandar Research Project, 1969-1984, which had as its goal the microfilming of the Slavic Manuscript Collection at Hilandar Monastery on Mt. Athos, Greece, and other Hilandar Monastery collections of manuscripts and manuscript-related material. The original goal was achieved in 1975 and then expanded to include collections from other countries.

    Access to Documents : All materials are physically available on site, but appointments are encouraged to facilitate access to documents kept off-site for preservation purposes.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 20 September 2010
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  • Texas

    - Menil Collection
    1511 Branard
    Houston, Texas 77006
    Phone : (713) 525-9400
    Fax : (713) 525-9444
    Contact

    Subjects covered : Art, Byzantium, Classical, Eastern Europe
    Volumes : Approximately 50 manuscripts, most of them single leaves, and numerous works of medieval art.

    Byzantine artifacts and icon paintings, along with medieval art, account for some 2,000 works in the Menil Collection. Primarily from the Mediterranean world, Asia Minor, and Russia, they provide a survey of European art informed by medieval aesthetics.

    Access to documents : The Menil Collection Library is open by appointment to qualified scholars and museum members. Qualified researchers include graduate students, university and college faculty, professional artists and designers, art historians, arts professionals and arts writers.

    - Southern Methodist University
    Bridwell Library
    Special Collections
    Perkins School of Theology
    6005 Bishop Boulevard
    P.O. Box 750476
    Dallas, Texas 75275-0476
    Phone : (214) 768-3440
    Fax : (214) 768-4295

    Subjects covered : Church history, Classics, Counter-Reformation, Devotional texts, Philosophy, Popular piety, Reformation, Theology
    Volumes : 30 codices, approximately 30 leaves, and approximately 1000 incunabula

    The Bridwell library specializes in early print, and more than one-third of its incunabular collection represent the first printed editions of their texts, and many are housed in original bindings, feature early woodcuts, or are handsomely illuminated.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    - University of Texas-Austin
    Benson Latin American Collection, Manuscripts
    Sid Richardson Hall. Unit # 1
    Austin, Texas 78713-8916
    Phone : (512) 495-4578
    Fax : (512) 495-4568
    Contact

    Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
    P.O. Drawer 7219
    Austin, Texas 78713-7219
    Phone : (512) 471-9119
    Fax : (512) 471-2899

    Subjects covered : Age of exploration, Devotional texts, History, Law, Mexico, Pre-Columbian America, Science, Theology
    Volumes : More than 150 manuscripts in the Benson collection and 61 codices, 77 leaves, and more than 400 incunabula in the Ransom Humanities Research Center.

    The Genaro García Collection in the Benson Latin American Collection contains many Aztec works and Spanish accounts of early contact with the native government of Mexico-Tenochtitlán. Among the Ransom Humanities Research Center manuscripts collection holdings are Ptolemaic papyri of the third to first century B.C., an eleventh-century Bede codex from the monastery at Tegernsee, the richly illuminated Chronicles (ca. 1450) of Jean Froissart (1337-1404) and the fifteenth-century Belleville Book of Hours. Incunabular holdings (three hundred eighty volumes and four hundred leaves) begin with the Gutenberg Bible of 1455. The Center’s copy, on paper, is one of only five complete exemplars in the United States. The Center’s Pforzheimer Library also holds William Caxton’s edition of Lefevre’s Historyes of Troye (1474), the ?rst book printed in English, along with six other works by Caxton. Other points of interest include the Medici Collection of three hundred books and one hundred law edicts from 1500 and 1800 and early printed works in astronomy and the sciences.

    Many of the medieval and early modern manuscripts in the collections can be viewed online here.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 20 September 2010
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  • Wisconsin

    - University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Special Collections
    728 State St.
    Madison, Wisconsin 53706
    Phone : (608) 262-3243
    Fax : (608) 265-2754

    Subjects covered : Classics, Italy, Legal documents, Philosophy, Theology
    Volumes : Five codices, 54 leaves, close to 400 documents, and 46 incunabula.

    Highlights of the collection include 14th century English manorial rolls, Italian Renaissance documents, early print editions of classical works, and a set of 85 papyri in Greek and two in Latin ranging from the first century B.C. to the 8th century A.D.

    Access to documents : Open to the public with registration

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