Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Fall 2010 Newsletter

Ransom Center's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection Now Accessible Online

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The Belleville Book of Hours (mid-15th-century), once belonged to Marie de Belleville, daughter of Charles VI of France and is the finest illuminated manuscript in the collection. Books of Hours were used for private devotional purposes.

The Ransom Center has introduced an online database for its medieval and early modern manuscripts collection. The database includes more than 7,000 digital images and can be accessed via the Center's website.

The medieval and early modern manuscripts collection contains 215 items dating from the eleventh to the seventeenth centuries. The holdings comprise items from various collections, including those of George Atherton Aitken, W. H. Crain, Carlton Lake, Edward A. Parsons, Sir Thomas Phillipps, Walter Emile Van Wijk, Evelyn Waugh, John Henry Wrenn, and others.

The Ransom Center is gradually digitizing all of the items, which will be added to the database as they are completed. At present, digital images are available for 27 of the items for a total of 7,288 pages. The database contains item-level descriptions for all 215 items, and the collection is searchable by keyword and any combination of the following categories: name, country of origin, century, language, format (such as charters or diaries), subject, and physical features (such as musical notation or wax seals).

Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection

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