University of Texas at Austin

Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection:
Database and Digital Images

The Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection contains 215 medieval or Renaissance manuscripts that date between the 11th and 17th centuries. This database contains item-level descriptions for each of the manuscripts and enables keyword searching as well as several different ways to browse the collection contents. For an overview of the collection, please consult the finding aid.

Complete digital images are provided for some manuscripts. The Ransom Center is in the process of digitizing all of the items in this collection and more images will be gradually added here as they are completed. The slide show at right includes a single image from each of the manuscripts that have been digitized.

You may use the database to request materials that you wish to view in person in the Reading and Viewing Room. To do so, you will be prompted to log in to your research account. Please note, if you are making a request from a location other than the Reading and Viewing Room, the materials will not be paged until you arrive and notify the circulation attendant of your request. On-site users should also note that some manuscripts are restricted from use due to condition. All use restrictions are specified in the descriptions of the manuscripts. Please review the handling guidelines for examples of condition issues and techniques for avoiding damage during use.

The descriptions of the manuscripts in the database records contain information contributed by Ransom Center staff and volunteers, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students, and numerous scholarly users over many years. Users are encouraged to bring factual errors to the attention of Senior Archivist Joan Sibley at

Public Domain Mark
The original materials in the Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection are free of known copyright restrictions. For information about publishing images from the Collection please contact the Ransom Center.

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