Saturday, November 16, 2013

Manuscript Road Trip: Monks and Minnesota

From Lisa Fagin-Davis' blog on a Manuscript Road Trip -- posted on November 16, 2014

Minnesota is one of the most beautiful regions of the United States, its extensive woods dotted with thousands of glacial lakes. There aren’t quite as many manuscripts as there are lakes, of course, but there are more than enough to warrant a visit. We’ll start in Minneapolis, at the University of Minnesota.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library earns a mention further down in the blog post.  Read the entire blog at:

She's planning to visit more of the Midwest in the next post!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Library Research Grants - Princeton University

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the library’s research collections. Up to $3,500 is available per award.

Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection). Special grants are awarded in several areas: the Program in Hellenic Studies supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books. The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. The Sid Lapidus '59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World covers work using materials pertinent to this topic.

For more information, or to apply, please go to

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.

Copenhagen and Loire Valley Chansonniers: fifteenth-century French chansons

From a post by Peter Woetmann Christoffersen that was forwarded to the SHARP-L listserv:

"During the last six years I have worked on a web project, The Copenhagen Chansonnier and the ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers. An open access project. Its first stage is now completed and can be accessed at:

The web site contains new editions of all the polyphonic songs in the French 15th century chansonnier in The Royal Library, Copenhagen, MS Thott 291 8° (the so-called Copenhagen chansonnier). Each song is here edited as a ‘performance on paper’ according to the manuscript, and all the concordances in the related ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers are edited in a similar way. Each song is accompanied by a list of sources, an edition of the poem(s), incl. English translation, links to online facsimile editions, and extensive comments on sources, texts and music. The site further contains detailed descriptions of the five chansonniers and proposes hypotheses concerning their genesis and dating; the latter is summarized in the introduction, which also discusses the principles of the edition.

Furthermore, the site offers supplementary materials, which serve to support the investigation of the repertory. They comprise articles and editions concerning the composers Gilles Mureau (complete works), Philippe Basiron (complete chansons) and Fede alias Jean Sohier, about the French music manuscript Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, Ms. 2794, about chansons notated in ‘clefless notation’, etc."

Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies (PIMS)


Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies

2 June - 11 July 2014

The programme consists of five core courses, including Latin Palaeography, Diplomatics, Codicology, Textual Editing, and a variable content rubric under which a number of different
special subject courses will be mounted. Courses will be available on a rotating basis, with two three-week courses offered each summer. The venue for teaching will alternate between the Pontifical Institute in Toronto and the American Academy in Rome, to take advantage of the unique resources of each institution.

Two streams are available. Students accepted to the programme may choose either simply to enrol for a single summer, that is, for the two courses offered any given year. Or, by taking four courses over two consecutive summers, and completing a final project, they can qualify for the Diploma in Manuscript Studies. The programme is open to students of any nationality who are currently enrolled in graduate programmes elsewhere and who desire to acquire technical skills that their own universities may not provide, as well as to those who have already earned their degrees but who would like to enrich themselves with further training.

Tuition is $2,000CAD. The Pontifical Institute is, however, able to offer 12 scholarships of up to $6,000CAD per year.


Applicants should send a completed application form, two letters of reference, a current c.v., and a statement of research interests by 1 February 2014 to:

Prof. M. Michèle Mulchahey
Director, Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East,
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C4

Spaces are limited; early application is encouraged.

Further Information
Please visit for further details about the programme, the application process, housing, and downloadable forms.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Stories of interest?

The Tabula Peutingera (road map) of the ancient Roman empire  reproduced in the 1682 edition of the
works of Marcus Welser (1558-1614)--Saint John's Rare Books Collection.

Some stories of potential interest to MAM members from American Libraries Direct:

Where are the scriptoria?
Erik Kwakkel writes: “Many scribes in medieval art are depicted as individual copyists rather than scribes working in groups. Even when multiple scribes are presented in each other’s vicinity, such as the four evangelists in the Aachen Gospels of ca. 820 (right), we are still looking at multiple individual scribes. After all, they have their backs turned to each other and are separated by rock formations. Where are the scriptoria?”...
medievalfragments, Nov. 5

Iraqi Jewish documents go on display
Hilary Parkinson writes: “In June 2003, the National Archives Preservation Programs received a call for help from Iraq. Sixteen American soldiers had found tens of thousands of documents and 2,700 Jewish books while searching in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters. The historic material was soaking wet. And so Doris Hamburg and Mary-Lynn Ritzenthaler boarded a C-130 cargo plane and flew to Iraq.”...
Prologue: Pieces of History, Nov. 7

The Oxford University Press and the making of a book
To celebrate the publication of the first three volumes of The History of Oxford University Press on November 14 and University Press Week, Oxford University Press is sharing various materials from its archive, including a silent film (17:52) made in 1925 by the Federation of British Industry. The Oxford University Press and the Making of a Book highlighted the press’s work to audiences around the world. It also provides great insight into each step of the printing process....
OUPblog, Nov. 11; YouTube, Oct. 27

10 oldest surviving documents of their type
Alan Boyle writes: “Documents have literally changed the world, and some of them have survived for hundreds or even thousands of years. Every type of document provides a unique window into our shared heritage as human beings in ways that are both surprising and fascinating.” This list includes examples of what are probably the oldest surviving international treaty, medical document (above), poem, correspondence, printed book with a date, and set of laws....
Listverse, Nov. 10

University librarian resigns over Folio scandal
The Senate House Library at the University of London scrapped plans to sell a set of four Shakespeare Folios at auction after leading academics attacked the proposal as “an act of stupidity” and warned it could damage the university’s reputation. Senate House Library Director Christopher Pressler (right) announced he is resigning for “personal reasons,” weeks after he admitted breaching financial rules by not disclosing his relationship with an employee at Bonhams, appointed to oversee the sale....
The Telegraph (UK), Oct. 1

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

St Andrews Library new Visiting Scholarship Scheme

To celebrate the opening of our new Research Library, the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce a new scheme of visiting scholarships. These scholarships will underwrite the costs of a period of work in our library Special Collections. St Andrews University has an outstanding collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the six hundred years since the university’s foundation. The collection is especially rich in the History of Science, Theology and Church History, Literary Studies and Photography. In addition to a substantial collection of incunabula and early printed books, the library has a significant eighteenth-century collection dating from its period as a copyright library (1710-1836). The University archives also include an exceptional collection of 15th -16th Century materials relating to Fife and to the university and city of St Andrews.

The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a university. Applications for 2014 should be submitted electronically by 28 February 2014.

Further details, including a longer description of the research highlights of the St Andrews Special Collections, and application form can be found on the USTC website:

Further enquiries can be addressed to Professor Andrew Pettegree at

Dr Flavia Bruni
School of History
University of St Andrews
69-71 South Street
KY16 9QW
St Andrews, Fife, UK
Office: +44 (0)1334 462911
Mobile: +44 (0)7585 154253

Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities 2014-2015

Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities, 2014-15

The application deadline for Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships is quickly approaching! Additionally, we offer Short-Term Fellowship opportunities for smaller-scale research projects. Please read on for more information.

The Newberry's fellowships support humanities research in residence at the Newberry. If you study the humanities, we have something for you. Our collection is wide-ranging, rich, and sometimes eccentric. We offer a lively interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly and public programs. All applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the Newberry's online catalog before applying.


These fellowships support research and writing by post-doctoral scholars. The purpose is to support fellows as they develop or complete larger-scale studies which draw on our collections, and also to nourish intellectual exchange among fellows and the Library community. Fellowship terms range from four to twelve months with stipends of up to $50,400.

Deadline: December 1, 2013


PhD candidates and post-doctoral scholars are eligible for short-term fellowships. The purpose is to help researchers gain access to specific materials at the Newberry that are not readily available to them elsewhere. Short-term fellowships are usually awarded for a period of one month. Most are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago area. Most stipends are $2,500 per month.

We also invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or three scholars to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. Each scholar on a team-fellowship is awarded a full stipend.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

More information is available on our website:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603

Scenes from the Plantin-Moretus Printing Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. One of the stops on the NEH-sponsored Tudor Books and Readers seminar.

Got some free time next summer? Check out the 2014 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers "Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603" web page, which has been published at

If you find books and book history during the time of the great overlap between manuscript and early print cultures to be of interest, please consider applying for the 2014 group. Details on the program, application process, and a brief testimonial from yours truly (matt heintzelman) can be found at the website given above.

Here are a couple sights from inside the printing museum:

The Plantin-Moretus Printing Museum documents the early history of the hand-press period--from the late 16th to the late 18th centuries. Great for medievalists and early modernists both!

The Foundry, where letters were made for the presses.

Symbol of the Plantin-Moretus Printing House.

2014 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-Term Research Fellowships

Note:  Not all of these address Medieval Studies, but some of them could be a good fit--especially the Ahmanson Fellowships.

2014 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-Term Research Fellowships

The UCLA Library Special Collections Short-Term Library Research Fellowship Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history.


James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships
Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any discipline. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500, though awards vary yearly. Grants in 2012 averaged $998; in 2013, $1,710.

Barbara Rootenberg Library Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences
Rootenberg fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. The primary goal of the fellowship is to help to promote the use of materials related to the history of medicine and life sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.

Charles Donald O’Malley Short-Term Research Fellowships for Research in the History of Medicine and Allied Fields
O’Malley fellowships will be awarded in stipends up to $1,500. Researchers are to conduct work primarily in collections of History and Special Collections for the Sciences, the Library Special Collections unit located in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; other UCLA Library Special Collections also may be used. These awards, which honor the memory of Charles D. O’Malley, a Vesalian scholar and the first full-time chair of the Department of Medical History at UCLA, are funded by the Department of Neurobiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Davise Short-Term Research Fellowships in Contemporary Music
Davise fellowships support research in UCLA Library collections in the areas of modern and contemporary concert music and film music. Funded by the UCLA Music Library’s Hugo and Christine Davise Endowment, they offer amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books
Ahmanson fellowships of $2,500 per month for up to three months support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press, Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing, Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, Orsini Family Papers, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection, Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, and Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. They are administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and require a separate application; application information is available on the center’s website at


Fellowships: United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are eligible to apply. Research residencies can last up to three months between February 15 and December 12, 2014.

Ahmanson Fellowships: United States and international graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies can last up to three months between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

Application Contents

Researchers can submit a single application in order to be considered for any or all of the Thayer, Rootenberg, O’Malley, and Davise fellowships.

Applications must be received on or before December 9, 2013, and must include:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
- Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
- Dates to be spent in residence
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.

Application Instructions

Application materials, including letters of recommendation, can be submitted in PDF format by email to <>. Letters of recommendation in PDF format also can be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.

Review Process and Notification

A committee will evaluate the research proposals, and applicants will be notified of its decision by email on or before January 15, 2014.

Fellows may be asked to speak briefly about their recent or ongoing research at an informal brownbag session with local scholars during their visit.

Submit print format applications, or direct questions about fellowships, to:

Short-Term Research Fellowships Program
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
phone: 310.825.6940