Have you ever wondered what’s in the Vatican Film Library? Have you ever held a real medieval manuscript in your hands? Are you mystified by the arcana of paleography and sigillography? Are you a student in search of a dissertation topic, or a faculty member seeking manuscript research advice or curious how to incorporate medieval manuscripts into your class? Come to the VFL’s Open House to find your answers!
29 September, 2pm to 5pm, Pius Library Rm 105
Medieval manuscripts, manuscript facsimiles, and other resources will be on display. See the new exhibition “Italian Manuscripts: Codicology and Decoration.” Learn about our latest digitization projects and collaborations with the Center for Digital Humanities. Come explore, ask questions, and discover new resources. Don’t be wary! Don’t be hesitant! All are welcome!
In addition to its 40,000 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts on microfilm from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and other libraries, the VFL has a comprehensive reference collection in manuscript studies, comprising catalogues, repertories, facsimiles, journals, and works on paleography, codicology, illumination, library history, and text editing, as well as other tools that aid the identification and analysis of manuscripts and the works they contain. We also have thousands of incunabula and early printed titles on microfilm and microfiche in collections such as Incunabula: The Printing Revolution and the Bibliotheca Palatina. The VFL’s own collection of medieval manuscripts is now online through Digital Scriptorium and can also be browsed through the VFL LibGuide. With its repertories of sermons and incipits, indices of Middle English prose, dictionaries of medieval Latin, bio-bibliographical guides to authors and commentators from antiquity onward, and more, the VFL is an essential resource for medieval and Renaissance studies.
For further information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate Sr for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090, firstname.lastname@example.org.