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The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts is intended to make available accurate data on medieval manuscript books produced before 1600 in order to facilitate research for scholars, collectors, and others interested in manuscript studies and the provenance history of these unique books. Drawn from auction and sales catalogues, inventories, catalogues from institutional and private collections, and other sources that document sales and locations of manuscript books, the records assist in locating and identifying particular manuscripts, establishing provenance, and aggregating descriptive information about specific classes or types of manuscripts. Every effort is made to match records so that the trail of ownership of a given manuscript can be traced from the earliest recorded ownership to the present day.
The Schoenberg Database is very much a work in progress, with new material being added regularly from a variety of sources. Mr. Schoenberg began this project with the intent that it would become an online community resource and an online community project to benefit scholars, collectors, curators, and members of the trade. To this end, we welcome the input of users in all aspects of the database.
History of the Database
In 1997, Penn Libraries Overseer and rare book enthusiast, Lawrence (Larry) J. Schoenberg, set out to build a database that would enable researchers to track and identify the world's manuscript books produced before 1600. Larry's primary goal was to provide online access to information on manuscripts. He began with a Microsoft Excel file that was eventually converted in 1999 to a Microsoft Access database. As the database grew, so did its user-base among manuscript scholars and aficionados who worked from copies supplied to them by Larry himself. Its increasing reputation as a research aid in manuscript studies necessitated a move to make it more easily accessible to a wider audience. As a dedicated Penn alumnus, Larry looked toward his alma mater. In 2005, the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI) began hosting the database, where it remains today, freely accessible to all.