Cataloguing of the occidental medieval manuscripts of the Göttingen State and University Library

Publius Terentius Afer: Comoediae.
Italien, 15. Jahrhundert. Göttingen, SUB,
2° Cod. Ms. philol. 110 Cim., fol. 55r

In cooperation with the Göttingen State and University Library

The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) currently holds 426 medieval western manuscripts. The Latin medieval manuscripts from the SUB will be catalogued at the Herzog August Bibliothek in cooperation with the SUB according to the cataloguing rules of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The aim of the project is to produce a modern manuscript catalogue in printed and web-based form. It will replace the obsolescent catalogue by Wilhelm Meyer (1893/94). The first part of the new catalogue will describe 78 Latin manuscripts.

Founded in 1737, the Georgia Augusta University was furnished with a new library covering all disciplines. The nucleus was formed by the holdings of the Göttingen Gymnasium, from duplicate copies taken from the Royal Library in Hanover and from the rich library of the statesman Joachim Hinrich von Bülow (d. 1724). The early directors, especially Christian Gottlob Heyne (d. 1812), carefully built up a university library in order to serve the needs of all branches of research.

Most of the medieval manuscripts were acquired by auction during the librarianship of Christian Gottlob Heyne between 1763 and 1812. Thus, their entry into the holdings was the result of a conscious decision that they should be purchased. It is a peculiarity of the Göttingen collection that medieval manuscripts were incorporated on the basis of the classification of knowledge in the age of enlightenment. They are not an isolated sub-set but integrated into the modern manuscripts (but separated from the printed books) according to the Göttingen library system.

All descriptions will be published online in Manuscripta Mediaevalia and in the manuscript database of the HAB on the basis of results from the Europeana Regia project and using the TEI-P5 standard. 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 (developed by Manfred Mayer, University Library Graz). They will be inserted into the Watermark Identification System WZIS.


An index of the manuscripts which will be catalogued in Wolfenbüttel is available here.

Project page at the Göttingen State and University Library



Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Duration: January 2017 – January 2020
Researcher: Dr. Patrizia Carmassi
Phone: +49(0)5331-808-119, Fax -165