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In memoriam, Lawrence J. Schoenberg, 1932-2014

Lawrence J. Schoenberg We are saddened to announce that on May 7, 2014, SDBM founder Lawrence J. Schoenberg passed away. Larry began the database in 1997 as a personal resource for tracking the historic and current locations and the value of the manuscripts he was interested in collecting, but with time, his database became much more than that. The SDBM has grown into an internationally recognized resource for manuscript and provenance studies. From the beginning, Larry freely shared his work, first among friends and fellow collectors, then with the world when he handed the database over to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in 2007 to maintain on his behalf. As a result of his innate curiosity about the history of human knowledge and his generous spirit, Larry has left an indelible mark on manuscript studies in the United States and abroad. We will miss him greatly.

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SDBM) makes available data on medieval manuscript books of five or more folios produced before 1600. Its purpose is to facilitate research for scholars, collectors, and others interested in manuscript studies and the provenance of these unique books.
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NEH Grant to create the New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts: A Research Tool for Tracking the Current and Historic Locations of Manuscripts

The SDBM has received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a 3-year project to develop the SDBM into an online, collaborative tool for researching the historic and current locations of the world's manuscripts. Starting in July 2014, the project team will rebuild the SDBM into a global open-access tool, allowing institutions, librarians, scholars, curators, and students to contribute information about both the current and historic locations of the world's manuscript books, creating a metacatalogue for finding and indexing the world's manuscripts. We will be considering a variety of strategies to build, maintain, and encourage a vibrant and proactive user-community. We will update our users on our progress via this website, so stay tuned!
Questions or comments about the project? Feel free to contact us at sdbm@upenn.edu.

We want your feedback!

Find an error in a record? Want to suggest links to other manuscript records? Know the current location of a manuscript? Let us know through new links provided in each record or simply contact us at sdbm@pobox.upenn.edu.

The Seymour de Ricci Bibliotheca Britannica Manuscripta Digitized Archive

We are pleased to host the Seymour de Ricci Bibliotheca Britannica Manuscripta Digitized Archive, a searchable database containing the digitized notes of the historian and bibliographer Seymour Montefiore Robert Rosso de Ricci (1881-1942) made for the compilation of his unfinished census of pre-1800 manuscripts in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. To read more, click here.
The Seymour de Ricci Bibliotheca Britannica Manuscripta Digitized Archive is an ongoing joint project between the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and the Senate House Library at the University of London, where the original archive is housed.