Electronic Resources: History

Manuscripts and Documents

 The Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland 
The Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland makes available on-line more than 700 manuscripts from collections throughout Switzerland.

Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG)
Virtual library providing access to digitized versions of the medieval codices in the Abbey Library of St. Gallen.

Digital Scriptorium
An image database of medieval and renaissance manuscript uniting resources from many institutions.

Archivio di Stato di Firenze
Several collections are digitized, the most important for medievalists being the Diplomatico, which contains roughly 85,000 parchments from the eighth to the fourteenth centuries, most from ecclesiastical institutions.

Progetto IMAGO II
Gives digital access to several collections from the Archivio di Stato di Roma, including Roman notarial registers and the cadastre for many towns in the papal state:


Editions of Sources

Monumenta Germaniae historica - UCB access only
Critical editions of sources from the medieval German empire (including today's Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium east of the Scheldt), but also including other Germanic speaking lands (the county of Flanders) and Germanic peoples (the Lombards), and the Frankish empire in its entirety.  Organized in series: Scriptores (annals, chronicles, histories), Leges (secular and some ecclesiastical law), Epistolae, Diplomata (royal and imperial documents), Antiquitates (poets, necrologies, Libri memoriales), and others.

Acta Sanctorum - UCB access only
Hagiographical materials, largely saints' lives, collected and edited from the early seventeenth century by the Bollandists (a team of Belgian Jesuits initially organized by Jean Bolland). 

Patrologia Latina - UCB access only
Works by Christian authors from early Christianity through the early thirteenth century.  The editions are very imperfect, but easily searchable.

Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina and Continuatio Mediaevalis - UCB access only
These massive collections of excellent critical editions of Christian texts, from late antiquity into the early modern and modern eras, form the core of the "Library of Latin Texts" available through library's electronic resources portal.  Editions are still being added.

Ut per litteras apostolicas - UCB access only
Papal letters and other documents of the papal chancery, so far for select popes from the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, but the Ecole française de Rome, which is organizing this digitization project, is planning to do much more.  Searchable by pope, type of letter, place of promulgation, modern or Latin date; an "anaylsis /transcript" field may be searched for terms.

Early Church Fathers
Digitized versions of the critical editions in the Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (CSEL, also known as the "Vienna corpus").

Early Church Fathers: Additional Texts
A good source of translations of patristic texts.  Edited by Roger Pearse.

Publications of the Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo 
Many of their scholarly publications are available on the "edizioni elettroniche" section of their web page, but most of the volumes of their editions of medieval texts, the Regesta chartarum Italiae and the Fonti per la storia d'Italia are only available through the Internet Archive.  Because of the difficulty in actually finding individual volumes through the site's search mechanisms, you should check the useful appendices (with links for volumes) in Guido De Blasi, "Le pubblicazioni dell'Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo on-line: Censimento," Reti Medievali Rivista, 12, 1 (2001): http://rivista.retimedievali.it 

Bibliotheca Augustana
Extensive and growing collection of digital texts, mostly literary, in Latin, Greek, German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.  Organized by language, with individual sections giving chronological and author indices:


Other Sites of Interest

Persée: Portail des revues en sciences humaines et sociales
Offers full text versions of: Bibliothèque des l'Écoles des chartres, Annales ESC, Revue belge de Philologie et d'Histoire, Revue des études byzantines.

Online Catalogue of the Abbey Archive of St. Gall

 International Medieval Bibliography - UCB access only
Comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide. The IMB comprises 300,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject, and location, providing full bibliographical records for work published throughout Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Regesta Imperii

Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

The Medieval Review