"Digital Projects" have been defined (by the Department of Special Collections) as online representations of materials which are complete presentations of all such items, or which are ongoing projects but intended to eventually be complete presentations. Digital projects are thus distinct from "Exhibits" (below), which are typically related to physical exhibitions of materials and highlight collections or aspects thereof, but do not attempt to represent the collection completely.
The Medieval Institute Library contains a large collection of facsimiles of late-antique and medieval manuscripts and texts, and of an occasional early printed book. Some related facsimiles are also shelved in the Hesburgh General Collection. This is true, for instance, if a facsimile occurs within a series which is otherwise dedicated to editions. This database is intended to assist scholars and students in identifying and locating facsimiles relevant to their research or to their course subject matter. In addition, the Medieval Institute houses microfilm copies of medieval and early modern manuscripts and early printed books, about 3000 of which have entries in this database, which is searchable by keyword. Our collection of microfilms of manuscripts and early printed books from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan are not listed in this database.
An ongoing project to create a computerized cataloguing system for the drawings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, directed by art historian Robert R. Coleman. Of the 12,000 drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, descriptions for over half are currently available for online searching.
The Medieval Institute is proud to own a collection of over 200 medieval seals in facsimile. These images, mostly French, display the wide range of styles, sizes, and types of seals and seal owners in the Middle Ages. The seals in this exhibit are organized in three ways: according to their user, according to their geographic origin, and according to the insignia displayed on the seal.
This database provides access to nearly 800 photographs that document architectural sites sponsored by the Order of Prémontré. The database is searchable by country, location, dedication, keyword, or the Premonstratensian designation of circary.
The collection of photographs of Premonstratensian architectural sites was gathered over the years by Rt. Rev. Astrik L. Gabriel, O. Praem. All of these archival photographs date prior to World War II, and are important documents of the many sites which were damaged or destroyed during the War. Some of the same photographs in our possession also appear on the international website for the Order of Prémontré.
Access to the Middle Ages: Medieval Manuscripts in Facsimile [June – December 1997]
This exhibit highlighted the historical development of facsimile technology, as well as the central place of facsimiles in the study of the Middle Ages. Medieval manuscripts that survive to this day are precious because of the mere fact of being old; they are witnesses to a culture which prevailed a long time ago and strongly influenced the world in which we now live. Because of the rarity, expense, and importance of preservation, libraries must often restrict the access of scholars to these precious artifacts. Much of the work that needs to be done — studying the layout, comparing scripts, etc. — can be done with an accurate facsimile without the risk of damage to the original. And, of course, facsimiles also appeal to those who love beautiful books for their own sake.
This online exhibit reflects a physical exhibit that was prepared by Dr. Brian McFadden (Notre Dame class of ‘99) and displayed in the Rare Book Room during the summer and fall of 1999. The rare books listed here reflect the development of a concentration on medieval British literature within the Department of English at Notre Dame. The books on display include both recent acquisitions and selected important works from our existing collections such as the 1520 Chronicle of Saint Albans and the Kelmscott Chaucer that are complemented and enhanced by newer acquisitions. Among the recent acquisitions you will see early antiquarian works on Roman and medieval Britain; Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and other texts printed from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries; manuscripts in facsimile, including the Domesday Book, the Lambeth Apocalypse, and the Ellesmere Chaucer; and works that reflect the historiography of medieval Britain, such as those by Matthew Parker, Elizabeth Elstob, Sharon Turner, and others.
Three years after the conference Christ among the Medieval Dominicans: Representations of Christ in the Texts and Images of the Order of Preachers, held at the University of Notre Dame, 6–9 September 1995, a collection of essays was published with the same title, edited by Kent Emery, Jr., and Joseph Wawrykow (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1998). They substantially revised the catalogue for that publication, and added several items from a new collection of rare books acquired by the University Library too recently to have been included in the exhibition. The text has been reviewed but not significantly revised for this Web version.