Collections

The Library of the Medieval Institute boasts some 95,000 volumes together with various collections of handbooks, series, pamphlets, reprints and photographic materials. These are supplemented by microfilm and microfiche copies of some 3,000 medieval manuscripts and facsimile reprints from European libraries and a collection of more than 200 medieval seals in facsimile. In accordance with its collection development policy, the Medieval Institute Library's collection continues to grow substantially each year with generous support from the William J. Corbett and Margaret Conway library endowments for Medieval Studies.

Over the years the institute has also built up valuable collections of medieval manuscripts, incunabula and rare books, now preserved in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Other related collections in Special Collections include:

Astrik L. Gabriel Collection of Early Printed Books – Professor Astrik L. Gabriel's most recent donation to the University Libraries of Notre Dame consists of 262 titles bound in 245 volumes. The books are written in Latin, French, German, Italian, Greek and Hebrew, and includes at least one title published for each of the years from 1501 to 1600.

Dante Collection – Notre Dame's Dante Collection ranks among the top collections in North America. 15th- and 16th-century imprints form the heart of the Dante collection, which totals nearly 3,000 volumes. Rare editions and critical studies ranging from the Renaissance to the present include eight incunabula and almost every edition published in the 16th century. more...

Other Related Collections

The Ambrosiana microfilm collection
Based on an agreement reached between His Eminence Giovanni Battista Montini, then the cardinal-archbishop of Milan (later Pope Paul VI), and Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, the University president, Notre Dame's Medieval Institute holds microfilms and photographic copies of nearly all of the Latin and vernacular materials and many of those in Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic housed in the great Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. more...

The Astrik L. Gabriel Universities Collection
This collection reflects the scholarship energy, and resourcefulness of Professor Gabriel during his tenure as director of the Medieval Institute. Along with his writing and teaching, Professor Gabriel created a unique research center in his chosen field of specialization: medieval universities. more...