Session Title

Tracking Medieval Manuscript Books and Documents through Time: Networks of Transmission and Practices of Collecting

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Project, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Organizer Name

Lynn Ransom, Alexander Devine

Organizer Affiliation

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Presider Name

Lisa Fagin Davis

Presider Affiliation

Medieval Academy of America

Paper Title 1

Looking Backwards and Forwards to Determine a “Crusader” Psalter’s Ownership History

Presenter 1 Name

Cathleen A. Fleck

Presenter 1 Affiliation

St. Louis Univ.

Paper Title 2

The Canon of Medieval Arabic Literature and the Islamic Manuscripts at Columbia University and the New York Public Library, 1886–1936

Presenter 2 Name

Dagmar Riedel

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Columbia Univ.

Paper Title 3

From Sinai to California: Codex 170/347 from the UCLA Young Research Library Special Collections

Presenter 3 Name

Julia Verkholantsev

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Start Date

8-5-2014 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1245

Description

This session focuses on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued and on the collectors and collecting that have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying manuscripts’ provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the SDBM in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript preservation, and how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Lynn Ransom, Alexander Devine

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May 8th, 3:30 PM

Tracking Medieval Manuscript Books and Documents through Time: Networks of Transmission and Practices of Collecting

Schneider 1245

This session focuses on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued and on the collectors and collecting that have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying manuscripts’ provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the SDBM in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript preservation, and how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Lynn Ransom, Alexander Devine