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Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Nancy M. Shawcross (Project Director: August 2008 to November 2011)
Digitizing the University of Pennsylvania's Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, 1000-1600

The digitization of 800 codices, documents, and fragments constituting the entirety of medieval and Renaissance primary sources held by the university's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Penn proposes to produce & make freely available on the Internet digital facsimiles of its collection of European manuscripts from 1000 to 1600. With a total project cost of $790,272, Penn requests $292,958 from NEH to fund salary & fringe benefits for 2 years for 1 full-time digital data coordinator & 2 full-time digital camera operators. Penn's collection comprises approximately 800 discrete items, totaling approximately 320,000 pages and offers important research material in the fields of art history; English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish literatures; European political, social, and economic history; the history of science and technology, including alchemy; the history of witchcraft; legal studies; music; religious studies; and philosophy. The project will provide 3 entry points for the facsimiles: access through a hot link in the WorldCat and local cataloging records, access via Digital Scriptorium, and access through a project-specific website with faceted searching.

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Project fields:
Medieval Studies

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$292,958 (approved)
$292,958 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2009 – 7/31/2011