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Early Western Manuscripts in the NLM

About the List

The National Library of Medicine has in its collection 90 Western manuscripts written before 1601. Cataloging information for these manuscripts is fragmented and in some cases unavailable to the scholarly community. The following short-title list is intended as a means of providing access to these manuscripts until they are added to NLM's online catalog, LocatorPlus.

Many of NLM's manuscripts are recorded in Dorothy M. Schullian and Francis E. Sommer, A Catalogue of Incunabula and Manuscripts in the Army Medical Library (1950) and Seymour De Ricci and W. J. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States (1935-1940), supplemented by C. U. Faye and W. H. Bond, Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (1962). Manuscripts added to the Library's collection since 1950 are not recorded in Schullian and Sommer. The 14 manuscripts added since 1962 are not recorded in the Census.

This short-title list provides the following information:

  1. The De Ricci/Bond and Faye number, by which the list is arranged. [Numbers in square brackets indicate manuscripts not recorded by DeRicci/Bond and Faye.]
  2. Schullian and Sommer number.
  3. The reel number of NLM microfilm, when microfilm is available.
  4. Names of authors.
  5. A short title of the work.
  6. The century the manuscript was written, if known or inferred.
  7. Miscellaneous notes.

Although this short-title list is the only complete listing of all NLM's early Western manuscripts, it does not contain complete cataloging information. The Census of De Ricci, et al., and Schullian and Sommer must still be searched for essential information.

For additional information, contact:

Reference Librarian
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894
E-mail:hmdref@nlm.nih.gov


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