Thursday, October 23, 2008

A New Digitized Collection Coming to a Computer Near You

Swiss abbey gets a Mellon grant to digitize manuscripts

One of the oldest and most valuable collections of handwritten medieval books in the world, housed in the magnificent baroque halls of the Abbey Library of St. Gall in Switzerland, is going online with the help of a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The collection includes material as varied as curses against book thieves, early love ballads, hearty drinking songs, and a hand-drawn ground plan for a medieval monastery, drafted around A.D. 820, the only such document of its kind....

New York Times, Oct. 18

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

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