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The database includes the following (counts are approximate): ·
70 medieval parchment manuscripts held in the Special Collections at Walsh Library
70 medieval parchment manuscripts (primarily stray folios and fragments) held by Professor John Clark of the Classics Department
35 facsimiles of medieval manuscripts held primarily in the Paleography Room at Walsh Library
175 photocopies of medieval manuscripts; most of these are classical works written in medieval hands and are part of the Classics/Barberini Collection now housed at Walsh
31 microfilm reels of medieval manuscripts held at the Center for Medieval Studies (primarily French manuscripts) ·
Microfilm reels of medieval manuscripts, held at Walsh Library, including:
c. 600 reels covering manuscripts in the Classics Collection, most relating to manuscripts in the Vatican's Barberini Collection, but also including some from the Ottoboniani, Regensi, Palatini, Urbinati, and Vaticani collections in the Vatican. Most of the manuscripts are classical Latin and Greek works writt en down during the middle ages..
89 microfilm reels of medieval manuscripts, donated by various Jesuits
185 microform collections, including several large series, such as Spanish legal documents (both manuscripts and printed books) from the 15th to 19th centuries; English Domestic State Papers from 1509 to 1547; and microfiche series of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, among others.
Guides, archival catalogs and bio-bibliographical works with substantial extracts from medieval manuscripts. The most important groups are:
Microfilm reels of Corpus of Indexes to Printed Catalogues of Latin Manuscripts before 1600. Compiled by Cranz, this corpus of indexes is based upon P. O. Kristeller's Latin Manuscript Books before 1600, 3rd edition.
560 archival catalogs and bio-bibliographical works collected as part of the Classics/Barberini Collection; about 290 of these works exist in both hardcover and on microfilm. The catalogs list manuscripts from specific libraries, archives, and private collections throughout Europe. The bio-bibliographical reference works describe the lives and writings of classical and medieval authors from particular geographic regions (especially Italy), and list the locations of surviving manuscripts of their works. The historical works describe the history of a particular religious order, pope, university, or geographical region. The bio-bibliographical and the historical works often include extensive direct quotations from medieval sources.
51 catalogs and references works in Walsh library that pertain to the manuscripts entered into the database, particularly those on microfilm
101 topical lists (each with 15 to 150 individual works) of microfilms from the Vatican Film Library's collection of rare and out-of-print books. The individual works have yet to be entered here or in the Walsh Library catalog. For finding aids, see Microfilms of Rare and Out-of-Print Books, Lists nos. 1-100 (behind the desk in the Microfilm and Government Documents Room of Walsh Library) and Elizabeth J. Cress and Donald A. Cress, A Guide to Rare and Out-of-Print Books in the Vatican Film Library: An Author-List [Walsh Ref Z 1033.M5C7 1986] for works in philosophy, theology, science, mathematics, and medicine only.
55 reels of thousands of images (an incomplete set) from the Princeton Index to Medieval Christian Art. Each image has a reference number corresponding to the card-file index created by the Princeton Index. This card file includes basic information about the work of art, searchable on-line (Princeton Index of Christian Art database) according to several different criteria. Only the reference number of the first and last image was noted for each reel.
For further information on these collections, see the Reports on the MMF Project
at the Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B.