Digital Projects


The well described collections of the Bienecke Library make it ideal for projects that focus on utilizing digital technologies in the scholarship surrounding medieval manuscripts. 


This is a crowdsourced project initiated and coordinated by Liz Hebbard (Ph.D., French and Medieval Studies, 2016).  Most of the fragments here are found in the Beinecke's large incunable collection; some are individual fragments that were acquired by the library, often as a teaching tool for medieval paleography.


Binding fragments from the Yale Law Library can be found here.


Rolls and Scrolls After the Codex

Rolls and Scrolls After the Codex is a digital humanities project led by Anya Adair and Katherine Hindley.  The predominant form for manuscripts before it was supplanted by the codex form in the Late Antique period, the scroll or roll continued to be an important form, both practically and symbolically, until the end even into the world of print.


For more on the Rolls and Scrolls project and its related work, visit

Chet van Duser and his team imaged the Martellus world map in the summer of 2014.  The multispectral images from that project will be available here after they have been processed.  You can read about the project in the Yale Daily News and Wired magazine.


Recent Articles:

Quill, Elizabeth, "Did This Map Guide Columbus: Researchers Decipher a Mystifying 15th-Century Document," Smithsonian Magazine, June, 2015.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant: Multispectral Imaging of the Martellus World Map

We have gathered the original black-and-white photographs from Barbara Shailor's The Medieval Book and put them online with color images of the same material so that the images can easily be used for teaching medieval book history.

The Digital Scriptorium is a consortium of North American Institutions that contribute their metadata and images into a single searchable site serving scholars and teachers.  

Beinecke Early Book Blogs

A graduate student blogs about her findings in Beinecke's collections

Books as Symbols in Renaissance Art

Early Books at the Beinecke Library is partnering with The BASIRA project, which is a database that enables the user to conduct research in the visual presentation of books in art and manuscript illumination in Europe, 1400-1600.