Eastern European Manuscripts
In the finding aid below, the Beinecke's Eastern European manuscripts are listed as Latinate and Slavonic; pre-1600 manuscripts about Eastern Europe originating outside the region are also included. Manuscripts have been arranged chronologically within each group. Where available, images in the Beinecke Digital Collections are linked through the photo accompanying each item.
Latinate manuscripts were produced in or for readers in East-Central Europe - Bohemia, Poland, Hungary, and in one case, Croatia - and occasionally include texts in Czech or Polish. Geographically, this covers manuscripts coming out of the Western Christian tradition. Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to 1600 are the primary focus, though three seventeenth-century manuscripts are included for being exceptionally interesting.
Slavonic manuscripts comprise those with the shelfmark "Slavic MSS," which are largely written in Church Slavonic and date as late as 1910. Additional Slavonic manuscripts from other parts of the Beinecke collections are also included, though these have been limited to religious texts of a similar nature to those found in the Slavic MSS shelfmark.
The final group consists of manuscripts about Eastern Europe, primarily 16th-century Italian diplomatic correspondence.