Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

With its 848 German manuscripts from the Bibliotheca Palatina the University Library of Heidelberg holds one of the most valuable collections of Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts in German language. In an ambitious project entitled Digitalisierung der 848 deutschsprachigen Palatina-Handschriften in der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg this collection with approximately 270.000 pages and 7.000 miniatures is now digitized and made available on the Internet with the generous financial support of the Manfred Lautenschläger Stiftung. In addition all illustrations are listed and indexed in the image database HeidICON where they are searchable by free-text, subject, iconographic motif, author/artist and text group. The descriptions of the manuscripts are also added to the manuscript database Manuscripta Mediaevalia. A first part of the Palatina-collection - 27 manuscripts originating from famous 15th century German workshops with approximately 15.000 pages - have been digitized and indexed during the years 2000/2001 in a project that was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The new project will continue this venture for another 3 years. By then all 848 manuscripts will be digitized and accessible for the scholarly community all over the world.

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