Did you know that the Clark Library has a collection of medieval manuscripts from the 12th through 15th centuries? In 2016, the Library commissioned a professional conservator to clean and restore these manuscripts. These pieces are fragile and housed in the Special Collections Room, but a selection of them are on display in the library lobby from March 1st through March 17th.
The Library has taken extra measures to preserve and ensure the integrity of the collection by creating digital versions in the Medieval Manuscripts Digital Collection. So while the original items are preserved, anyone can see and study them online.
The collection includes complete manuscripts, manuscript fragments, musical notations, and individual leaves from larger works. Among them are works from Saint Anthony of Egypt; Hugo of Saint Victor; Peter Lombard, Bishop of Paris; and Pope Saint Gregory the Great.
Learn more about medieval manuscripts:
- From Manuscript to Print: The Evolution of the Medieval Book
A nice overview from Cornell University’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
- A World Inscribed: The Illuminated Manuscript
A 25 minute video from the library’s streaming media database (Films on Demand). Only available to current UP faculty, staff, and students.
The Clark Library’s permanent display of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible is another example of the medieval style of handwritten, illuminated manuscripts. However, it was created in modern times using the techniques of medieval age. It took 12 years to finish!