Welcome to the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SDBM)! The SDBM aggregates 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.

Search the Database
Everyone is invited to search the database. Use the search bar below, or click the facets to the right.

Join Our Community! and gain access to all of the SDBM's NEW INTERACTIVE FEATURES

  • 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.
  • Email or Download Search Results or export the entire contents of the SDBM for your own use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License
New Features
Recent Forum Discussion

ecawlfield posted in Editing provenance based on data in other records

about 5 hours

This is such an odd situation, since the disparity is coming from within an institutional catalog. You should not edit the original SDBM entries. They represent the BnF records and can only reflect the data as described in those records. What you can (and should!) do is make Personal Observations about this additional provenance data you've found and link them to the corresponding SDBM entries. The information will then be included in the corresponding Manuscript Records and will be highly visible for other SDBM users.


lcleaver posted in Liege/Belgium

1 day

Great, thanks!


stew started Editing provenance based on data in other records

2 days

Is it appropriate to edit previously catalogued manuscripts based on notes about them found in other records later?

I was cataloging a manuscript from the BnF, Grec 2718. In the provenance section of the cat record for Grec 2718, it mentioned that two other manuscripts in the BnF were also owned by the same early owner and that the entire group of three had the same provenance before all arriving in the BnF. The BnF record (and therefore the original SDBM entries) for the other two manuscripts make no mention of this provenance but the manuscripts, besides being identified by cat number, also match the basic descriptions of them provided in the record for Grec 2718. Should I update the provenance for the other two manuscripts or leave it as it is since the information I have isn't listed in their particular BnF records?


ecawlfield posted in Liege/Belgium

6 days

We do have a new Merge function that users at the Editor level and above can use to merge duplicate Place records. When viewing a Place record, you'll see a Merge option listed within the Tools section of your Control Panel. Use this function cautiously, and only when two Place records describe exactly the same information. Beauvais, France should be merged into France, Beauvais, since they match provide the same information but differ in word order. Our data standards require that Places provide the broadest information first. France, northeastern, Beauvais should not be merged, because it captures regional information that was presumably provided by a Source. Place records like this derive from the legacy database, which did not have an As Recorded field for Places. In the future, we will have a better way to deal with records such as these, but for now they need to remain in the authority.


lcleaver posted in Liege/Belgium

8 days

I'm sure there are loads of these name variants. Today I spotted:
Beauvais, France
France, Beauvais
France, northeastern, Beauvais
Is there no easy way to merge such entries?


ecawlfield started Ramamala Library Manuscript Project now available in the SDBM

13 days

Dr. Benjamin Fleming has uploaded an inventory from the Rāmamālā Library Manuscript Project, sponsored by the British Library's Endangered Archive Programme and the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies. The inventory represents a near complete (95%) record of Sanskrit and Bangla manuscripts currently held at the Rāmamālā Library by the Rāmamālā Trust in Comilla, Bangladesh. Access the data here: https://sdbm.library.upenn.edu/sources/34910/