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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut joins Digital Scriptorium

Digital Scriptorium extends a warm welcome to its newest partner, Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Beinecke Library is one of the leading repositories of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States. The Beinecke Library's collection of medieval manuscripts is especially rich in the philosophical, literary and religious works of the high and late middle ages, with significant early medieval manuscripts as well. The Beinecke Library is also a significant holder of vernacular texts in English and Italian and in recent years has collected works written by or for women or manuscripts owned and read by women. For more information about the collection see http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/curatorial-areas/early-books-and-manuscripts.

The addition of more than 1,495 records from the Beinecke represents a new model for adding records to the Digital Scriptorium. The catalog records for the Beinecke were migrated from the library's online catalog through a collaborative project between staff at the Beinecke Library and the University of California, Berkeley. The catalog records include full catalog records as well as brief records for material awaiting cataloging.

Our colleagues at the Beinecke Library are especially pleased that these records were added this year - amid the Library's 50th anniversary celebration - as it represents their continuing efforts to share the Library's collections with the widest possible audience.

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