Catalogue of medieval manuscripts of the public library Lübeck

Besitzkennzeichen von Lübecker Handschriften

The public library Lübeck houses more than 1700 manuscripts, of which approx. 360 come from the middle ages. In the project the manuscripts will be described in a modern way according to the guidelines of the German Research Foundation. The manuscript descriptions will be available online and in print. In the first part of the project the latin-theological manuscripts will be catalogued.

The public library Lübeck, which was founded around 1616, gets its funds from the church and monastery libraries in town as well as the council library. Another part came in the city library after the secularisation from the cathedral library, the St. Johannis and St. Annen monastery libraries and the former from the convent of the Sisters of the Common Life. For safety reasons, at the end of the Second World War, the stocks were outsourced to salt mines in the eastern part of Germany. After the war they were in the Soviet occupation zone and partly sent in the Soviet Union. They returned in the late 1980s and later to Lübeck.

The cataloging is done in the format TEI-P5, the guidelines developed within the framework of the Europeana Regia project are applied. The publication takes place in the manuscript database of the HAB and in Manuscripta Mediaevalia. The identification and description of the late medieval bindings will be carried out in close cooperation with another project funded by the DFG, the Database of medieval and Renaissance binding stamps. Images of the watermarks will be made with the innovative ATWISE camera using infrared. They will be inserted into the Watermark Identification System WZIS.


Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Duration: September 2019 – August 2022
Researcher: Dr. Kerstin Schnabel
Phone: +49(0)5331-808-116, Fax -165