This is an on-going, work in progress, research guide for the study of medieval manuscripts.
Definitions for types of manuscripts, such as, missals, brevaries, graduals, office lectionaries, mass lectionaries, antiphonarys and psalters can be found at this site.
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Searching the UTL Catalogue for FACSIMILE copies (if you are not looking for a specific MS):
1. Go to ADVANCED search. Search the SUBJECT FIELD using these two terms "manuscript" OR "facsimile"
2. Filter the results using "Latin" or "French" or another language or type of manuscript as KEYWORDS or in the SUBJECT FIELD.
Searching the UTL Catalogue for a specific MS:
1. Go to ADVANCED search. Type select terms from the title into the TITLE FIELD.
2. Filter the results by using these two terms "manuscript" OR "facsimile" in the SUBJECT FIELD. Use facsimile if you are searching for a facsimile copy.
Searching for a specific medieval manuscript can be time consuming. If you do not know the shelf number (the equivalent of a call number) and the name of the repository or the location where the manuscript is preserved, then you need to complete the following steps:
1. Check secondary sources for references to manuscript title, shelf number and location. Otherwise, searching large collections like the British Library and Museum or the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris can be overwhelming.
2. If you are searching for specific images or illustrations in manuscripts, there are two ways to locate images. Images are not always catalogued with metadata in MSS collections.
3. Consult printed catalogues for specific types of manuscripts or types of manuscripts. To do this you need to search the UTL catalog. Start with an advanced search. In the subject field type "catalogs" (use American spelling) and "manuscripts" (without the quotation marks). This will result in a large collection. Filter the results with additional search terms. Select a language or library or add a keyword using a language, type of manuscript (e.g. bible, psalter, gradual, etc.), city, e.g. Paris, Stockholm or country. Printed catalogues such as the following the samples below can aid your search and save time. The UTL catalogue record will indicate whether the printed catalogues are available on the Internet Archive.
FADIS. University of Toronto. The Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. 6,000 Slide Collection of Medieval Manuscripts has been digitized and is available for viewing. Access via UTOR ID.
Index of Medieval Art. Princeton University. UTL subscribes to this collection of images. UTOR ID access required.