The Houghton Library’s distinguished collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts represents a significant resource for the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Western Europe. Assembled through gifts and purchase over the past two centuries, this collection includes works in Latin, Greek, and most of the vernacular languages of Europe that are the primary sources for the study of the literature, art, history, music, philosophy, and theology of the periods.
This Web site provides strategies for searching Houghton's medieval manuscripts as well as links to bibliographies related to these materials that were compiled by the Library. Permission to publish from any manuscript is granted at the discretion of the Curator. See Houghton's Reproductions and Permissions page for more information.
Digitization of Houghton's manuscripts was begun with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities through its grant to the Digital Scriptorium and is being continued with funding from Harvard University's Library Digital Initiative and from the Harvard College Library. As digital versions become available, we will provide links to them from this Web page as well as from the HOLLIS catalog.
Image: St. Barbara, Emerson White Hours,
MS Typ 443 and 443.1, f. 112v