NOTICE: THE UNDERLYING INTERFACE WILL BE OFFLINE DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 1. Some metadata on the interface may be searchable, but the images will not be available. Researchers are recommended to download manuscript images prior to December 26. Instructions for downloading bulk images are here.
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis is proud to announce the new interface to the hundreds of manuscripts now online. Click the image to the right to reach the site.
Launched during the Penn Libraries’ eleventh annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (November 15-17, 2018), the new interface offers faceted searching (by book type, century, holding institution, and more), a page-turning interface, collation diagrams, download capabilities, and more.
New manuscripts are being added regularly. When the project is completed, in spring 2019, it will include approximately 475 manuscripts and 1,000 leaves. The project was organized by the Free Library of Philadelphia, Lehigh University, and the Penn Libraries and involves a total of sixteen institutions.
The interface is powered by OPenn, the Penn Libraries’ open access digital repository. Users who want to download images and metadata for an entire manuscript, or group of manuscripts, can do so at OPenn via ftp or rsynch. As Dot Porter, one of the drivers of this interface, noted on Twitter recently, “This is just one possible interface. The data is in the public domain and anyone can access it (yes, this means you!) on OPenn.”
Browse and enjoy the new interface and to download entire collections on OPenn from these links:
- New Interface: http://bibliophilly.library.upenn.edu
- OPenn Main Page: http://openn.library.upenn.edu
- OPenn Curated Collection — Bibliophilly: http://openn.library.upenn.edu/html/bibliophilly_contents.html
- BiblioPhilly Project Website: http://bibliophilly.pacscl.org/
The Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project, which involves sixteen PACSCL partners, has been funded by a generous grant from the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives initiative of the Council for Library and Information Resources.