Friday, October 24, 2008

St Gallen Stiftsbibliothek Goes More Digital

Many of you probably know that the St Gallen library in Switzerland have begun to digitize parts of their precious manuscript collection on-line; the resource is called "Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG)." (Digitale Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen). There are now 144 MSS online.

Recently the library received a $1 million grant for the purpose of digitizing all 355 MSS that were written before 1000 C.E. This new project is called "Virtual Abbey Library of Saint Gall," which is in turn part of a larger national project, "e-codices - Virtuelle Handschriftenbibliothek der Schweiz." The Bodmer Foundation is also part of this project. However, the project only concerns medieval MSS so we cannot expect their papyri on-line in this forum (sob...).

New York Times have published a story:

"ST. GALLEN, Switzerland — One of the oldest and most valuable collections of handwritten medieval books in the world, housed in the magnificent baroque halls of the library in this town’s abbey, is going online with the help of a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

Read the whole story here.

2 Comments:

Wieland Willker said...

Unfortunately one of the most important is still not present: Delta = 037.
I asked them a while ago, and they said it would be added this summer, but so far nothing.

Roger Pearse said...

Excellent news! All manuscripts should be available on the web, and it's great to see so important a collection becoming accessible.