Welcome to the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts!

The SDBM continuously aggregates and updates observations of pre-modern manuscripts drawn from over 12,000 auction and sales catalogs, inventories, catalogs from institutional and private collections, and other sources that document sales and locations of these books from around the world.

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Here's what you can do

  • Contribute Data, including your own personal observations of a manuscript or group of manuscripts.
  • Engage With Other Users to facilitate research and conversations about both the history of manuscript transmission and the data gathered in the process of recording this history.
  • Manage Your Contributions, track your search history, bookmark, tag and download your results.
  • Download Search Results for your own use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License

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Recent Activity

Our initial Bibliotheca Mejicana group was a great success, and now we're moving on to Part 2! Read this forum post to learn about the initial project: https://sdbm.library.upenn.edu/forum/news-announcements/bibliotheca-mejicana-group

Many of the manuscripts in the 1869 Bibliotheca Mejicana sale found their way to the collection of Thomas Phillipps. Our next goal is to update our Entries from the June 24, 1919 Sotheby's sale of a portion of the Phillipps collection, and then link those Entries to the corresponding Entries in the 1869 sale. To learn more and join the project, follow this link: https://sdbm.library.upenn.edu/groups/12

All SDBM users are invited! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn basic database skills among friendly collaborators.


mfraas started Roseberry's Islamic mss. sale

about 22 hours

Large sale of Islamic mss. at Roseberry's in London, 23 April 2018. Un-entered in SDBM. Looking for volunteers! https://auctions.roseberys.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/272/

Catalog needs to be entered. See especially lots 13 and 15

Catalog needs to be entered, see especially lots 165 and 169