Dr. Benjamin Albritton will join us to present:
"Manuscript Fragments in the Stanford Collections: Digital Afterlives"
Stanford's medieval manuscript holdings include many hundreds of leaves and fragments. From early acquisitions purchased from Foliophiles, Inc., Otto Ege, and other twentieth-century book breakers to a still understudied and uncounted body of fragments in bindings of later books and including digital philanthropy from Bay Area collectors, disembodied and de-contextualized manuscripts play an outsized role in our collections. This presentation will discuss some of the collecting patterns that shaped our medieval holdings and, more importantly, how technological innovations are opening these materials up to reconstruction, interconnection, and more expansive study across the archipelago of North American special collections libraries.
Benjamin Albritton is the Rare Books Curator and Classics Bibliographer at Stanford Libraries. In addition, he oversees a number of digital manuscript projects, including Parker Library on the Web, recent collaborations with the Vatican Library, and a number of projects devoted to interoperability and improving access to manuscript images for pedagogical and research purposes. He has published on the music and poetry of Guillaume de Machaut and is co-editor of the forthcoming Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age (Routledge).
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