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Medieval Manuscripts

The previous catalogue was James Corbett, Catalogue of the Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts of the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, 1978. Corbett's catalogue lists 64 manuscripts, of which only 39 are medieval or renaissance. The catalogue is error filled, out-of-date, and should be used with extreme caution. Digital Scriptorium contains photos and descriptions of some manuscripts from the collection, however, these repeat errors from Corbett and introduce new errors, particularly in identification and attribution of texts, transcription, script identification, collation statements, dating, localization, and general descriptive information. The information found on this site should be used cautiously. Additionally, the shelfmarks given in both sources are no longer current. For a concordance of the former "Corbett Numbers" and those in perpetual use see below.

A new descriptive catalogue is in progress currently by Dr. David T. Gura, Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Early Imprints, and History of the Book. The new catalogue will correct the errors of the previous works, update bibliographical information, and describe the manuscripts newly acquired and discovered. All queries regarding the medieval mansucript collection should be directed to Dr. Gura.

Principal Fonds in Use

Codices Latini (cod. Lat. ): 46 codices organized by height ascending (a-d, e = flat).

Fragmenta (frag.): over 118 folios and 6 pieces.

  • I.1-22 (I = upright storage)
  • II.2-8 (II = flat storage)
  • III.1 (III = anomalous, upright storage)
  • IV.xx (IV = fragment part of book binding)

Vernacular Manuscripts (MS): 9 vernacular manuscripts organized by height ascending (a-d).

  • English (MS Eng.)
  • Germanic (MS Ger.)
  • French (MS Fr.)
  • Italian (MS Ital.)

Index of the Former Corbett Numbers and Permanent Shelfmarks

Former Corbett Number

Permanent Shelfmark

1

Lat. b. 1

2

Lat. b. 2

3

Lat. d. 1

4

Lat. a. 1

5

Lat. a. 5

6

Lat. b. 3

7

Lat. b. 7

8

Lat. c. 6

9

Lat. b. 11

11

Lat. b. 6

12

Lat. b. 9

13

Lat. c. 4

15

Lat. b. 5

17

Ital. b. 1

18

Ital. b. 2

19

Lat. d. 4

22

Lat. e. 2

25

Lat. a. 4

27

Lat. c. 1

28

Lat. c. 10

29

Lat. c. 5

30

Lat. d. 6

31

Lat. c. 7

33

Lat. c. 9

34

Fr. d. 1

35

Lat. a. 2

37

Fr. c. 1

40

Lat. d. 3

42

Lat. c. 8

43

Lat. c. 11

44

Lat. d. 2

45

Lat. e. 1

46

Lat. e. 3

50

Ital. d. 1

51

Fr. c. 2

53

Lat. d. 5

55

Lat. b. 8

56

Lat. b. 12

58

Lat. b. 10

65

Lat. e. 4

66

Lat. a. 3

67

Eng. d. 1