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Resources for Medieval Manuscript Studies

This guide is intended for the interested layperson or beginning student in medieval manuscript studies.

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About Special Collections


The Division of Special Collections is located on the fourth floor west of Ellis Library, the main library for the Columbia campus. More information

Using Special Collections

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Special Collections

These resources are available in Ellis Library to MU students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Selected resources are also available online:

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

This page is an inventory of all medieval and Renaissance manuscript materials in Special Collections with links to digitized content where applicable.

Fragmenta Manuscripta Collection

​Fragmenta Manuscripta is a collection of over 200 manuscript leaves and fragments dating from the eighth to the seventeenth century. Originally gathered by seventeenth century book collector John Bagford, the collection offers scholars examples of book hands, decorations, and texts.

Pages from the Past Collection

This collection includes single leaves from manuscript and printed books to 1873 and is completely digitized.

Digital Collections