Libraries and Research Institutes

Medieval Academy of America: Committee on Centers and Regional Associations

Libraries and Research Institutes

Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies | Folger Shakespeare Library and Folger Institute | Hill Museum & Manuscript Library | Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University | The Newberry Library

Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies

Director: Alice-Mary Talbot
1703 32nd St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-339-6940

Number of staff working in medieval departments: 11
Staff: Deborah Brown Stewart, Librarian, Byzantine Studies; Gudrun Bühl, Curator, Byzantine Collection; Cecile Morrisson, Advisor for Byzantine Numismatics; John Nesbitt, Research Associate for Byzantine Sigillography; Eustratios Papaioannou, Dumbarton Oaks Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies at Brown University (joint appointment with Dumbarton Oaks); Gunder Varinlioğlu, Byzantine Assistant Curator, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives; Marta Zlotnick, Curatorial Assistant, Byzantine Collection; Stephen R. Zwirn, Assistant Curator, Byzantine Collection; John Hanson, Exhibition Associate; Joel Kalvesmaki, Editor in Byzantine Studies; Polly King Evans, Assistant to the Director of Byzantine Studies
Holdings: 130,000 books, rare book collection, photo and fieldwork archive, Princeton Index of Christian Art, coins and seals (open to qualified researchers only); collection of Byzantine art.
Circulation: This is a non-circulating library.
Cataloguing system: Brinkler/Library of Congress. Entire catalogue is available on-line via OCLC and website. Published catalogs: G. K. Hall, Dictionary Catalogue of the Byzantine Collection of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library.
Other areas of specialization: Pre-Columbian Studies; Studies in Landscape Architecture.
Fellowships and Grants: 5-6 regular Fellowships (post-doctoral), 3-4 Junior Fellowships (for students working on dissertations), and 6-8 Summer Fellowships are awarded for periods ranging from six weeks to a full academic year. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote full time to their study projects. 4-6 Project Grants are also available, as are short-term pre-doctoral residencies and one-month post-doctoral stipends.
Publications: Several series are published including Dumbarton Oaks Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Texts, Dumbarton Oaks Collection Catalogs, Byzantine Saints Lives in Translation, as well as various other titles in Byzantine studies, and the annual Dumbarton Oaks Papers. Electronic resources, such as the Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database of the 8th-10th Centuries and on-line texts, are also available.
Symposia: “Trade and Markets in Byzantium”, May 2-4, 2008; “Morea: The Land and its People in the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade”, May 1-3, 2009; “War in the Byzantine World”, early May 2010.
Colloquia: "From Enrico to Andrea Dandolo: Imitation, Appropriation and Meaning at San Marco in Venice" April 28, 2007; “Byzantine Literature: New Voices and Current Approaches”, November 9-10, 2007.
Public Lectures: Hugh Kennedy, “Islam and the Heritage of Late Antiquity”, November 14, 2007; Maria Mavroudi, “Byzantine Science”, December 12, 2007;Cemal Pulak, “Excavating Shipwrecks in Constantinople’s Theodosian Harbor”, January 17, 2008.
Lectures/Seminars/Concerts: A busy calendar of events throughout the year; see website for details.
Outreach: The Dumbarton Oaks museum has a docent program for tours of the collections.

Folger Shakespeare Library and Folger Institute

Director: Michael Witmore
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E. Capitol St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003-1094
Phone: 202-544-4600
Fax: 202-544-4623
Librarian: Stephen Enniss
Director, Research; Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly; Chair, Folger Institute: David Schalkwyk.
Executive Director, Folger Institute: Kathleen Lynch.
Reading Room Supervisor: Elizabeth Walsh.
Reference Librarian: Georgiana Ziegler.
Holdings: The Folger Shakespeare Memorial Library is an independent research facility with about 250,000 volumes on British and European literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history from the 15th through the 18th centuries. The Shakespeare collection encompasses 82 First Folios, 186 quartos, 7,000 later editions, hundreds of translations, and a comprehensive collection of secondary sources. The Folger also holds one of the largest collections of other early English books, with about 55,000 volumes from the period 1475-1700 and 30,000 18th-century imprints.
Among 35,000 rare books from the Continent are 450 incunables, a 2,000-volume Reformation collection, significant holdings in French and Dutch political pamphlets, and a comprehensive collection of 16th-century Italian books. The manuscript collection, which numbers 55,000 and is especially strong in early correspondence and commonplace books, is extended by such microfilm holdings as the states papers domestic from Edward VI through Charles I and the Cecil, Loseley, Harleian, and Lansdowne papers. Materials from the 19th century include theatrical records, promptbooks, playbills, illustrations, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
Circulation: This is a noncirculating library.
Cataloging system: On-line public access available through
Financial aid (Folger Institute Seminars): Financial aid is available to members of Folger Institute and Newberry Library consortium schools only. The Folger consortium schools are Univ. of Alabama; American Univ.; Amherst Coll.; Boston Univ.; Brown Univ.; Univ. at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York; Univ. of Chicago; Columbia Univ.; Univ. of Delaware; Duke Univ.; Emory Univ.; Fordham Univ.; George Mason Univ.; The George Washington Univ.; Georgetown Univ.; Harvard Univ.; Howard Univ.; The Johns Hopkins Univ.; Univ. of Maryland; Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; City Univ. of New York; New York Univ.; Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro; North Carolina State Univ.; Univ. of Notre Dame; The Ohio State Univ.; Univ. of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania State Univ.; Princeton Univ.; Queen’s Univ. Belfast; Univ. of Rochester; Rutgers Univ.; Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland; Univ. of South Carolina; Syracuse Univ.; Texas A&M Univ.; Toronto Univ.; Tulane Univ.; Vanderbilt Univ.; Univ. of Virginia; West Virginia Univ.; Yale Univ.
Short-term and long-term fellowships: Apply to Carol Brobeck, Fellowship Coordinator,
Conferences/symposia/workshops/other events: Access WWW site for details or call or e-mail for a brochure: .
Development Office: 202-675-0321.
Education Department: 202-675-0395.
Library Museum Shop: 202-675- 0312.
Mailing list: Not available.

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

Executive Director: Fr. Columba Stewart O.S.B.
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
(Formerly Hill Monastic Manuscript Library)
Saint John's University
P.O. Box 7300
Collegeville, MN 56321-7300
Phone: 320-363-3514
Fax: 320-363-3222
Staff: Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, Executive Director; Julie Dietman, Assistant for Development and Library Services; Getatchew Haile, Cataloguer Emeritus of Ethiopian Collection; Matthew Heintzelman, Curator of Austria/Germany Collection and Rare Books Cataloguer; Mary Hoppe, Digital Assistant; Erin Lonergan, Director of Development; Adam McCollum, Lead Cataloger for Eastern Christian Manuscripts; Linda Orzechowski, Administrative Assistant; Alan Reed, OSB, Curator of Art; Wayne Torborg, Director of Digital Collections & Imaging; Theresa Vann, Curator of the Malta Study Center.
Holdings: The collection consists of microfilm copies of approximately 90,000 manuscripts and 132,000 papyri from Europe and Ethiopia. Most of these are pre-1550 in date. In addition, the library has digital copies of approximately 30,000 predominantly Christian manuscripts from the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria,Turkey, Iraq, Jerusalem), Ethiopia, South India, and Malta. There are also slides of illuminations; a teaching collection of several hundred facsimile volumes; ca. 50 manuscripts and archival documents from monastic, cathedral, and national libraries. An extensive reference and catalogue collection supports research in the history of the book, monasticism, and the religious military orders. Since 2004, the Library has conducted extensive digitization projects of its own collections. See Vivarium at
In addition to the manuscript collections, HMML maintains other rare book and art collections, including the Arca Artium Collection, which consists of 4,800 rare books and manuscripts, over 6,500 prints and art objects, and a 20,000 volume reference library focused on monasticism, liturgy, typography, calligraphy and the book arts; the Saint John's Abbey and University Rare Book Collection, which contains 4700 volumes with an emphasis on monastic, liturgical, biblical, and other religious texts. HMML also coordinates some programs with the Saint John’s Bible.
Circulation: This is a non-circulating library.
Cataloguing system: Microfilms and digital images are managed with an online database (OLIVER, at: and legacy records. VIVARIUM is the home of digitized manuscripts, art, rare books, photographs, audio, video, and other resources from two Benedictine monastic and educational communities in central Minnesota. The book materials—including the rare books and early printed books—are catalogued on-line with the Saint John's University Library collection. Printed handlists on some subjects help systematize the manuscript collection. See also for links to certain handlists, country listings, and some microfilming projects. Published catalogs: Austria: Julian G. Plante, Austrian Monasteries [and other collections in Austria] Vol. 1, Part 1 & 2 (Collegeville, 1967, 1974); D. Yates, Vol. 1: Güssing, Haus im Ennstal, Salzburg (E.b. Konsistorialarchiv, E.B. Priesterseminar und Museum Carolino-Augusteum), Schlierbach, Schwaz (Collegeville, 1981); P. Jeffery and D. Yates, Vol. 2: St. Georgenberg-Fiecht (Collegeville, 1985); H. Mayo, Vol. 3: Herzogenburg (Collegeville, 1985). Ethiopia: G. Haile, W. Macomber, A Catalogue of Ethiopian Manuscripts Microfilmed for the Ethiopian Manuscript Microfilm Library, Addis Ababa and for the Monastic Manuscript Library, vols. 1-10 (Collegeville, 1975-1993) Portugal: Thomas L. Amos, Biblioteca Nacional de Lisboa, Fundo Alcobaça, 3 vols. (Collegeville, 1988-1990).
Fellowships: Heckman Stipends (up to $2000), deadline: October 15 and April 15 each year.
Internships: Irma Wyman Internship for undergraduates: contact HMML to inquire.
Exhibits: See for details.
Publications: Publications include Illuminations (a quarterly newsletter), a biennial newsletter of the Malta Study Center (Melitensia), an online database of Latin incipits available through Brepols Publishers (In Principio), catalogs and hand-lists of the collections, and brochures.
Special events: Annual Millennium Club Event, Annual Fall Open House, featuring demonstrations, music, exhibits, and refreshments (homecoming weekend).
Fundraising activities: Major funding for projects comes from individuals, private foundations and public sources. HMML provides numerous giving opportunities including planned giving options for donors. A small percentage of additional income is obtained through the HMML gift shop. Contact the Development Director (320-363-2095) for more information.

Special emphases: HMML’s field teams have microfilmed entire manuscript libraries in Austria (including the Austrian National Library), Germany (including the University of Jena, the Dombibliothek and the Historisches Archiv in Köln, and the Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar), Portugal (including the National Library in Lisbon), Spain, Ethiopia, and Malta (including the Archives of the Order of St. John). Recent projects include the digital preservation of manuscripts in the Ukraine, Malta, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Jerusalem, and India; cataloguing is currently underway. HMML has established Study Centers to support research in its three strongest areas: Austria/Germany, Ethiopia, and Malta.
HMML’s collections of medieval manuscripts are either on microfilm or in digital form. Microfilm copies, digitized microfilms, or digital copies are available for purchase subject to the permission of the owning library.
Annual budget: For information, please contact HMML.
Research at HMML: Contact Julie Dietman at 320-363-2741or if you are interested in conducting research at HMML.

Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University

Contact: Dr. Gregory A. Pass
Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections
Director, Vatican Film Library
Editor, Manuscripta = Delete
Pius XII Memorial Library
Saint Louis University
3650 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-3090 (dept.), 314-977-3096 (office)
Fax: 314-977-3108;
Dr. Gregory A. Pass, Director
Dr. Susan L'Engle, Assistant Director
Editor, Manuscripta

Mrs. Barbara Channell, Secretary
Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Thomas F. Madden (see entry).
Reference Department, Pius XII Memorial Library: Ronald Crown
Scope: The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library is a research collection for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. At the center of its collections are microfilm copies of the greater part of the Vatican Library's Greek, Latin, and Western European vernacular manuscripts. Its reference collections contain manuscript catalogues for the Vatican Library and many other manuscript repositories, as well as monographic and periodical literature in paleography, codicology, illumination, textual editing, and other disciplines to support manuscript research.
Holdings: Vatican Library Manuscripts on Microfilm: approximately 37,000 manuscript codices on microfilm, consisting of large portions of the Greek, Latin, and Western European Vernacular holdings of the Vatican Library, as well as Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic manuscripts.
Non-Vatican Library Manuscripts on Microfilm: approximately 2,325 manuscript codices.
Slide Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Illumination: approximately 52,000 slides.
Jesuit Historical Documents on Microfilm: materials relating to Jesuit missionary activities in North and South America from the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, Fondo Gesuitico, the Fondo Curia of the Archivum Pontificiae Universitatis Gregorianae, the Pastells Collection, Archivio Storico della S. Congregazione De Propaganda Fide, Biblioteca Ecuatoriana "Aurelio Espinosa Polit," etc.
Vatican Archives Registers on CD-ROM
Biblioteca Palatina on Microfiche
Biblioteca Cicognara on Microfiche
Incunabula and Early Printed/Rare Books on microfilm, microfiche, and in hard copy in the Vatican Film Library and the Saint Louis University Library Special Collections
Reference Collection of Printed Manuscript Catalogues and Works on Paleography, Codicology, Illumination, etc., as well as Periodical Literature to Support Manuscript Research
Cataloguing: Online inventory of all Vatican Library manuscripts on microfilm available at
Online cataloguing for portions of Vatican Library manuscripts on microfilm, available through Saint Louis University Library OPAC at http:/
Printed inventory of all Vatican Library manuscripts on microfilm: Charles J. Ermatinger et al., Guide to Microfilms of Vatican Library Manuscript Codices Available for Study in the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University (St. Louis: Vatican Film Library, 1993)
Printed catalogues of Vatican Library manuscripts as published by the Vatican Library and other authors or agencies.
Card catalogue for non-Vatican Library manuscripts on microfilm.
Online cataloguing for portions of rare printed books (in microform and in hard copy) in the collections of the Vatican Film Library and the Saint Louis University Library Special Collections available through the Saint Louis University Library OPAC at http://; otherwise card catalogue. See also Elizabeth J. and Donald A. Cress, A Guide to Rare and Out-of-Print Books in the Vatican Film Library: An Author-List (Lanham, M.D.: University Press of America, 1986)
Online inventory for portions of Jesuit Historical Documents on Microfilm available at; otherwise card catalogue and other finding aids.
Online inventory for Vatican Archives Registers on CD-ROM (Registra Vaticana, Registra Supplicationum) available at
Published catalogues: [See above.]
Financial aid: (1) Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship supports research projects for periods between two and eight weeks. Applicants may be post-doctoral scholars or graduate students formally admitted to a Ph.D. granting program working on their dissertations. For further information, see
(2) Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies NEH Research Fellowship supports research projects for five weeks in the Vatican Film Library and the rare books collections of the Saint Louis University Library. Applicants may be post-doctoral scholars or graduate students formally admitted to a Ph.D. granting program working on their dissertations. For further information, see
Publications: Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research is edited by the Vatican Film Library and published by Brepols. The journal publishes articles and reviews on all aspects of medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies.
Editorial Staff: Dr. Susan L'Engle, Editor; Book Review Editor
Dr. Maureen Quigley, Assistant Editor; Book Review Editor
For further information on submission and subscriptions, see

The Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-255-3514
Fax: 312-255-3502
Director, Center for Renaissance Studies: Carla Zecher (on leave 2011-12)
Acting Director, Center for Renaissance Studies: Karen Christianson

Medieval and Renaissance specialists on the Newberry staff: Karen Christianson (Acting Director, Center for Renaissance Studies), medieval history: monasticism, women, France; David Douglass (Musician-in-Residence), early music; Paul F. Gehl (Custodian of the Wing Foundation on the History of Printing), history of humanistic education and schoolbooks; Alan Leopold (Director of Collection Services), rare book cataloger; Paul Saenger (Poole Curator of Rare Books and Collection Development Librarian), medieval history: reading, word separation, book format; Carla Zecher (Director, Center for Renaissance Studies; on leave 2011-12), early modern French literature and early music.

Special holdings: An independent research library in the humanities, the Newberry’s holdings span the history and culture of western Europe from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century and the Americas from the time of first contact between Europeans and American Indians through the present day. Collection areas of special strength in medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies, in Europe and in the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds, include early modern colonialism; humanism, education, and rhetoric; maps, travel, and exploration; music and dance; printing and book arts; and religion. Other strong subjects and genres encompass French political pamphlets; British local history and heraldry; British political pamphlets, broadsides, and prints; eighteenth-century periodicals, especially British and French; languages, historical linguistics, and philology; works by women writers in all genres; archival materials for Italy, Portugal, and the Spanish Empire; and Gypsy lore and Arthuriana. The Newberry’s holdings comprise over 1.5 million volumes, 5 million manuscript pages, and 500,000 historic maps. Over 200 pre-1500 manuscripts and more than 2,000 incunables form the core of the medieval and Renaissance collections.

Circulation: This is a non-circulating library.

Cataloging system: All cataloged holdings are available through the local online catalog, the I-Share online catalog, and OCLC’s WorldCat. Published catalogs: Paul Saenger, Catalogue of the Pre-1500 Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library; Jean Gottlieb, Printed Books in Science, Medicine, Technology, and the Pseudo Sciences, ca. 1460-1750; G. K. Hall has published catalogs of the Ayer collection on American Indians and the Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. Checklists and finding aids are available on many topics, such as courtesy books, early women’s literature, and recent manuscript purchases.

Financial aid: Faculty and graduate students from member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend programs and conduct research at the Newberry. See for more information.

Fellowships: Available for long- and short-term research stays. For information see the Newberry’s website, send an e-mail message to the Office of Research and Academic Programs at, or call 312-255-3666.

Internships: Unpaid internships are available. Contact Bob Stockfish, Director of Human
Resources, at

Programs: The Center for Renaissance Studies offers a wide range of programs in medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies at the graduate and postdoctoral levels: lecture series, multidisciplinary seminars, workshops, conferences, symposia, graduate seminars for which students may receive academic credit, and intensive training in the techniques essential for primary research in these fields, including paleography, bibliography, codicology, and textual editing. Additionally, the Center provides a locus for a lively community of scholars who come from around the world to use the Newberry’s collections of manuscripts and printed books from the Middle Ages to the Napoleonic period, in Europe and the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds. Information about Center programs is available at and in a semi-annual brochure; write to to be added to the mailing list. Information about Newberry Library public programs, including spotlight exhibitions, is available on the Newberry’s website,; call 312-255-3700 or e-mail to be added to the e-mail list. The Newberry Consort early music chamber ensemble’s schedule and information is available at or by calling 312-890-2553.

Admission: The Newberry Library is open to the general public without charge. Reading room cards are available to adults age 16 and older upon presentation of identification and a brief application.

Contributions: To make a gift to the Annual Fund and become a member of the Newberry Library Associates, contact the Development Office at 312-255-3510 or go to