History of Libraries Summer School – Oxford, Lincoln College, 13–15 July 2016

The Application of the Digital Humanities to the Transmission, Preservation, and Dispersal of the European Written Heritage between the 15th and 16th Centuries.

Website: http://www.lincoln.ox.ac.uk/Summer-School-History-of-Libraries
Leaflet: http://www.linc.ox.ac.uk/uploads/files/Dec.%20Draft.pdf

Oxford scholars and digital projects lead the way in the fields of the transmission of written heritage, the history of libraries, and in the development of cutting-edge digital tools, funded by important institutions and in collaboration with research libraries in Europe and the United States.

The Summer School will involve a series of four visits, seven lectures, and eleven hours of workshops on primary sources and specialist databases including:


This resource brings together two standard research tools for medieval libraries: Neil Ker’s Medieval Libraries of Great Britain and the British Academy series, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues. MLGB3 is a comprehensive project that reconstructs the contents of medieval institutional libraries by uniting two categories of evidence for the medieval provision of books: first, the extant library catalogues and booklists and other documentary sources; and second, the surviving books themselves that bear evidence on which a judgement of provenance can be made. A key component is the List of Identifications, the cumulative index of identified authors and works, which contains more than 30,000 entries for provenanced copies of about 7,500 texts, and it is still growing.

Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI)

A database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. Locating and dating any of these elements  enables the movement of books across Europe and the US to be tracked throughout the centuries, from place of production to the books’ present locations.


Continuing the pioneering text descriptions of the Bodleian catalogue of incunabula, Bod-inc, this database is designed to host and make searchable the corpus of texts printed in the 15th century, including secondary works and paratext.

CERL’s Thesaurus and other resources for Provenance Research

Summer School Lecturers and Tutors

Bodleian Rare Books Curators, Irene Ceccherini, Sarah Cusk, Geri Della Rocca de Candal, Cristina Dondi, Rahel Fronda, Ian Maclean, Matilde Malaspina, Sabrina Minuzzi, Gaye Morgan, Richard Ovenden, Alessandra Panzanelli Fratoni, Fiona Piddock, Richard Sharpe, Julia Walworth, James Willoughby, Henry Woudhuysen.

Accommodation: at participant’s expense. Lincoln College Rooms are available for booking.
Breakfast and Lunch: included in the School’s fee.
Dinners: at participant’s expense. One dinner in College, others in town. Breakfast and lunches arranged via College.
Cost: £150.
Signing Up: Applicants are requested to send their curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) to Dr Birgit Mikus at birgit(dot)mikus(at)mod-langs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk and explain their interest for attending the summer school.

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