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Cataloguing of medieval Helmstedt manuscripts

Cod. Guelf. 65 Helmst., fol. 12v

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding another five-year segment in a project which will produce a new catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of the Herzog August Bibliothek. Our aim is to provide a modern catalogue of all the manuscripts which will gradually replace the catalogue by Otto von Heinemann (1884ff.). The detailed cataloguing follows the standards set by the DFG.

During the next years approximately 90 medieval manuscripts (Cod. Guelf. 616 - 930 Helmst.) will be described. The manuscripts are mainly in Latin and almost all of them are from the monasteries and nunneries of Lower Saxony. They came into the library in the 16th century during the Reformation period. About 15 manuscripts came from the collection of Matthias Flacius Illyricus (1520-1575) which was purchased in 1597.

During the first two project segments Helmar Härtel, Christian Heitzmann, Bertram Lesser, and Dieter Merzbacher described more than 300 medieval manuscripts from the Helmstedt collection (Cod. Guelf. 1 to 440 Helmst.) as well as the manuscripts that remain at the Juleum in Helmstedt. The first volume of the printed catalogue has been issued in 2012 [OPAC entry], the second will follow in 2018.

The cataloguing is done in the format TEI-P5, based upon the results of the MASTER-project in the first place, updated by the cataloguing rules achieved in the project Europeana Regia. (cf. the general documentation) All descriptions will be published online in the local manuscript database and on Manuscripta Mediaevalia.

The identification and description of the late medieval bindings is being carried out in close co-operation with another project funded by the DFG, the Database of medieval and Renaissance binding stamps.

Overview over the manuscripts to be described:

The project is part of the main research area at the HAB on the history of the University of Helmstedt. Further projects on this topic are:



Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Duration: January 2018 – December 2020
Researcher: Dr. Bertram Lesser
Phone: +49(0)5331-808-128, Fax -165