Digital Scriptorium

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Image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.   Descriptions can be browsed by location and language or searched by keyword, date and country of provenance, format (dated manuscript, document, or figurative decoration), and the institution where the manuscript currently resides.  A limited number of images are displayed for each manuscript. 


“Search tips” and a feedback form are provided.

Dates covered

Third through nineteenth centuries CE.

Updating frequency



Manuscripts were cataloged and scanned in the collections of the roughly forty participating institutions.  The four largest contributors, each with more than one thousand manuscripts, are Columbia University, Yale University, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.  61 of the manuscripts reside in Rutgers Special Collections/University Archives. 

Type of coverage

Each manuscript record provides information in 10-20 fields, with an emphasis on physical description.  Digital images are linked to the descriptions for many but not all of the manuscripts. 

Print counterpart or
related resources

Many manuscripts have previously been described or reproduced in printed catalogs and facsimile publications. 

Producer/content provider

Digital Scriptorium is a membership organization of contributing institutions.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

The University of California Berkeley Library

Supplementary Subject(s)