News: Digitised Medieval Manuscripts, Trinity College, Cambridge

Trinity College, Cambridge is digitizing its medieval manuscripts, and making them freely available on the Web. A few years ago, M.R.James’s catalogue of the manuscripts was put up on the Library’s website, with some updates.  This is now being used as the index tool for searching for digitized volumes. So far, about 150 of the thousand or so manuscripts have been copied, in a programme that is part-funded by the College’s alumni.

For access, go to the Library’s website http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=9

Click on ‘Early manuscripts’, and then ‘The James catalogue’. From there follow the links to the manuscript you wish to see. The descriptions of those manuscripts that have been digitized are headed with access to the relevant images.

Priority is being given to manuscripts that are most in demand. The Librarian (Professor David McKitterick) will be glad to receive suggestions for further manuscripts that might be treated early in the programme.

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