Peripheral Manuscripts: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest

Elizabeth Hebbard Assistant Professor, French and Italian, Indiana University Bloomington
Ian Cornelius Edward L. Surtz, S. J., Associate Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago
Sarah Noonan Associate Professor of English, Saint Mary’s College
Michelle Dalmau Associate Librarian and Head of Digital Collections Services (DCS) at the Indiana University Libraries and Co-Director for the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities (IDAH), Indiana University Bloomington

Supported in part by funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Book of Hours, Flight to Egypt

A sample Book of Hours. Northern France, early 15th century. Flight into Egypt, f.50r. Photo courtesy Saint Meinrad Archabbey

From the website: The three-year Peripheral Manuscripts Project: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest, hosted at Indiana University Bloomington, will digitize and create item-level metadata for 78 codices and 406 medieval manuscript fragments from twenty-two primarily non-R1 Midwestern institutions. The Indiana University Libraries will scan or photograph holdings, and researchers at IU Bloomington, Loyola University Chicago, and Saint Mary’s College will create metadata for these objects, including many items unrecorded in previous bibliographical surveys. Resulting item descriptions and high-resolution, IIIF-compliant images will be made freely available through Indiana University.

This project focuses on small collections that have not been economically feasible for holding institutions to digitize on their own and thus will bring a wealth of previously inaccessible and uncatalogued material to scholarly consciousness. This new material will be aggregated with existing digitized collections to yield a more comprehensive understanding of North American manuscript holdings.

OCHRE Image Gallery, Peripheral Manuscripts Project

OCHRE Image Gallery of manuscript photographs taken during a site visit to Saint Mary’s College