Penn in Hand: Selected Manuscripts

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NEH Support for the Digitization of Manuscripts

In 2014 the Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Penn Libraries a grant to digitize the Penn Libraries Indic manuscripts collection. At the conclusion of this project Penn will have produced 1,728 MARC cataloging records in WorldCat and Franklin and full digital facsimiles of approximately 2,700 Indic manuscripts. The collection is the largest in North America and contains materials from 1200 to 1930 in Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Awadhi, Nepali, Braj, classical Tamil, Thai, Prakrit, and Pali.

In addition, the Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities previously awarded the Penn Libraries two grants (in 2009 and 2011) to prepare digital facsimiles of approximately 2,200 European and American manuscripts from the eleventh through the eighteenth centuries.

The reproductions are available to the public, free of charge, on a Web site whose innovative interface allows faceted searching (Penn in Hand). In addition, the metadata and images for complete manuscripts can be downloaded free of charge from OPenn.

For all three projects the imaging has been undertaken by the staff of the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image with coordination from manuscripts staff in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the Kislak Center.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web site do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.