Posts tagged ‘naming’

June 22, 2011

CERL online provenance resource

Just back from Rare Book School and I (Sarah) want to share the link for an interesting provenance resource.  The Consortium of European Research Libraries has developed a forum where you can post images of mysterious inscriptions, library stamps, bookplates, etc., and let the world of researchers comment.

(Click on “Login” to create an account.)

The site, like CERL itself, is very Western-dominated.  But why not mix things up with a few Byzantine/Greek provenance questions?  And, of course, a lot of Greek manuscripts are held in Western collections.

May 17, 2011

Institutions organized by country

Cities & Holding Institutions


Yerevan, Matenadaran


Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek


Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique


Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek


Mount Sinai, Monastery of Saint Catherine


Besançon, Bibliotheque de l’Université de Franche-Comté

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale


Tiblisi, National Academy of Sciences


Berlin, Staatsbibliothek – Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek

Erfurt, Bibliotheca Amploniana

Erlangen, Universitätsbibliothek

Göttingen, Niedersächsiche Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek

Hamburg, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek

Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek

Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek

Leipzig, Universitätsbibliothek

Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek


Athens, Benaki Museum

Athens, National Library

[Note “formerly in Constantinople, Metochion” when relevant.]

Athens, Gennadius Library

Dēmētsana, Library


[We do not know which institutions on Metēora are represented in the collection.  Please do some detective work for us, dear interns!]

Mount Athos, Dionysiou Monastery

Mount Athos, Docheiariou Monastery

Mount Athos, Esphigmenou Monastery

Mount Athos, Gregoriou Monastery

Mount Athos, Hilandar Monastery

Mount Athos, Iveron Monastery

Mount Athos, Karakallou Monastery

Mount Athos, Koutloumousiou Monastery

Mount Athos, Great Lavra Monastery

Mount Athos, Panteleimon Monastery

Mount Athos, Pantokrator Monastery

Mount Athos, Skete of St. Anne (Great Lavra Monastery)

Mount Athos, Stauroniketa Monastery

Mount Athos, Vatopedi Monastery

Mount Athos, Xeropotamou Monastery

Patmos, Monastery of Saint John

Thessalonikē, Anatolia College

Thessalonikē, Aristotle University
Tírnavos, Library


Dublin, Trinity College Library


Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarchate

Jerusalem, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Jerusalem, Greek Patriarchate


Bologna, Biblioteca Universitaria

Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

Florence, Biblioteca Marucelliana

Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana

Grottaferrata, Biblioteca

Messina, Biblioteca Universitaria

Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria

Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale

Padua, Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova

Palermo, Biblioteca Comunale

Palermo, Biblioteca Centrale della Regione Siciliana

Parma, Biblioteca Palatina

Rome, Biblioteca Angelica

Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense

Rome, Biblioteca Palatina

Rome, Biblioteca Vallicelliana

Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria

Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Venice, Archivio de Stato


Leiden, Rijksuniversiteit Bibliotheek


Bucharest, Academia Romana

Bucharest, Biblioteca Nationala


Moscow, State Historical Museum

St. Petersburg, National Library


Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional

Madrid, El Escorial


Uppsala, Universitetsbiblioteket


Basel, Universitätsbibliothek
Bern, Stadtbibliothek

Geneva, Basilian Monastery

Geneva, City Library

Zurich, Zentralbibliothek


Istanbul, Patriarchate Library

Istanbul, Topkapi Palace


Cambridge, Cambridge University Library

Cambridge, Trinity College Library

Glasgow, University of Glasgow Library

Holkham, Earls of Leicester Library

London, British Library

[Note “formerly in the British Museum” if relevant.]

London, Royal Institute of British Architects

Manchester, John Rylands University Library

Oxford, Bodleian Library

Oxford, Corpus Christi College Library


Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery

Bethesda, National Library of Medicine

Cambridge, Houghton Library

New Haven, Beinecke Library

Princeton, Princeton University Library

[Use for “Garrett Collection.”]

Urbana, University Library

Washington, D.C., Dumbarton Oaks Museum

Washington, D.C., Library of Congress


Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Vatican City, Vatican Archives

May 16, 2011

“Condition of microfilm” field – appropriate terms

Terms that can be entered into the “Condition of Microfilm” field in the database are in BOLD

Issues with the surface of the film

abrasion = damage to the surface of the film caused by rubbing, scratching, etc.

crystals on the surface of the film or the roll


mold: bring to the attention of Deb, Sarah, or Sheila immediately!

moisture spots

damage from a rubber band or metal objects, including specifically rust

paper adhering

brittle tape or yellowed tape – if you acted to improve this issue, please add “-new splicing tape applied

Issues with the emulsion layer (the one containing the image)

mirroring = usually bluish-metallic sheen, sometimes has an iridescent quality; in extreme cases, can appear bronze-colored

redox (reduction-oxidation reaction, aka microspots) = red or colored blemishes on film, resemble measles

with regard to image decay, please make a note if you think you see any of the following:

color bleed

color fading

image discoloration = usually yellowing of the image itself (but not apparently of the film base)

Issues with the base layer or the physical condition of the film as a whole


flaking = localized separation between the base and emulsion layers, usually along the edges

bubbling = “bubbles” appear between the layers

buckling = base clearly separating from the emulsion layer in several places

channeling = extreme form of buckling where the base has separated significantly from the emulsion layer and the film is very warped and brittle

warped = badly out of shape, perhaps bent from handling, but layers are not significantly separating

curling (width) or curling (length)

film torn – if you repaired this problem, please add “-repaired with splicing tape

vinegar syndrome

adhesion = film adhering to itself, unable to separate without risk of loss