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

Lisa Fagin Davis

Presider Affiliation

Medieval Academy of America

Paper Title 1

The Buffalo Agency: A Manuscript Network in Northern Africa (Sixteenth-Twentieth Century)

Presenter 1 Name

Paul Love

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Al Akhawayn Univ.

Paper Title 2

Visualizing the Global Movement of Manuscripts: Phillipps Manuscripts in Australian Collections

Presenter 2 Name

Toby Burrows

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Western Australia

Paper Title 3

Invisible Manuscripts: The Vast and Undiscovered Continent of Medieval Italian Manuscript Sources

Presenter 3 Name

Justine Walden

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Toronto

Paper Title 4

The Production and Ownership of Chetham's Library MS 6711: A "Mandeville" Manuscript in Late Medieval England

Presenter 4 Name

Collin Chadwick

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Arizona

Start Date

11-5-2017 10:00 AM

Session Location

Sangren 1740

Description

This session will focus on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued. We will consider especially the collectors who have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying provenance can have dynamic and profound effects on our understanding not only of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also of their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore the following: 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, how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, and how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Lynn Ransom

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May 11th, 10:00 AM

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

Sangren 1740

This session will focus on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued. We will consider especially the collectors who have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying provenance can have dynamic and profound effects on our understanding not only of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also of their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore the following: 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, how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, and how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Lynn Ransom