Session Title

Networks of Transmission: Histories and Practices of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts and Documents

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Project, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Organizer Name

Lynn Ransom

Organizer Affiliation

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Presider Name

Lynn Ransom

Paper Title 1

The Migrations of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty's Western Manuscripts

Presenter 1 Name

Laura Cleaver

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Trinity College, Univ. of Dublin

Paper Title 2

Selling Medieval Books in America before 1870

Presenter 2 Name

Scott J. Gwara

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of South Carolina-Columbia

Paper Title 3

The Glossa Ordinaria Manuscripts of Monza Cathedral

Presenter 3 Name

E. Ann Matter

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Start Date

12-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1325

Description

This session will focus 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

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May 12th, 10:00 AM

Networks of Transmission: Histories and Practices of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts and Documents

Schneider 1325

This session will focus 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