by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
[Originally published on our first website on 19 April 2006, with updates there and here]
The Research Group promotes a principled, unified approach to its publications, for clarity of comprehension and for the matching of form and content to function and audience. The Publications Committee plans, guides, and directs the publications of the Research Group in accordance with its mission as a corporation and its obligations as a nonprofit educational organization.
Aiming to present as much of the evidence as possible, set in its widest context, the Research Group illustrates its publications with reproductions of the materials under discussion. We encourage readers to examine and compare them against the commentary, to judge the assessments and offer their own refinements. The Research Group offers all observers access to fuller understanding of the materials themselves, without requiring or expecting them to become specialists in all aspects which the diverse evidence encompasses. By bringing the evidence to wider attention, our publications and other activities can foster future research. This aspect of our work keeps in view the importance of preparing for a worthwhile future, by all means.
Publications by and jointly by the Research Group include announcements of its mission and activities, exhibition catalogues, reports of discoveries, and a major catalogue. This Illustrated Catalogue incorporates the results of long-term research at Corpus Christi College and reproduces more than 765 photographs of the manuscripts, mostly full-page and newly made for the publication. The publication on our website and/or in print of the Abstracts of Papers and Responses for our Conference Sessions and for some of our Symposia, Colloquia, Workshops, and Seminars manifest our dedication to promoting the work of scholars, including younger scholars, in the progress of preparing their research for presentation to the wider world, both in our events and beyond.
Publications in preparation in various forms include studies, both individual and collaborative, on aspects of written and other forms of evidence, as well as its context.
Mildred Budny, “Profile of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence” (Cambridge: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence), issued with variants and updates, first in print in several formats and then online (as described below).
Mildred Budny, “The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence: A Profile”, Medieval English Studies Newsletter, 27 (Tokyo: The Centre for Medieval English Studies, University of Tokyo, 1992), 6–11, and formerly available online (at http://www.flet.keio.ac.jp/~mesn/mesn_scan/MESN27a-dec1992.pdf). This early version of our “Profile”, dated October 1992, was also printed and circulated as part of the next item.
R.I. Page, M.O. Budny, T.C. Graham, and L.J. French, “A Profile of the Research Group and Annual Reports to the Leverhulme Trust” (Cambridge: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 1994), containing reprints, laid out in our preferred font Adobe Garamond, in A4 format, to complete the full set of reports:
1) Mildred Budny, Profile dated October 1992.
2) First to Fifth Annual Reports (1990-4) of “The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A Research Project at The Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, funded by the Leverhulme Trust”, by R.I. Page, M.O. Budny, and T.C. Graham.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Style Manifesto [by Mildred Budny and Leslie French]
- 1) Circulated separately in printed form (Cambridge, 1990–)
and with revisions (Princeton, 1999 and 2000).
- 2) Printed in a revised and illustrated version in ShelfLife, Number 1 (Winter 2006), pages 8–9.
- 3) Issued in a revised and differently illustrated version in May 2015,
with a description of its new form here.
Mildred Budny, “Canterbury at Corpus: An Exhibition of Manuscripts from St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury, to mark the Enthronement of the 103rd Archbishop in April 1991” (Cambridge: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 1991), accompanying an exhibition held at the Parker Library in 1991; reprinted in the Old English Newsletter, 24:4 (Summer 1991), as Appendix A (A-1–7).
Mildred Budny and Leslie French, with the assistance of Timothy Graham, “The Integrated Approach to Manuscript Studies” (Cambridge: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 1992), accompanying an exhibition of 103 photographs by Mildred Budny and eighteen computer-scanned images by Leslie French, held at the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo at Komaba, at Chuo University, and at Aoyama Gakuin University in November and December 1992. The exhibition and its variations are described among our Photographic Exhibitions & Masterclasses. The booklet is now online (2016).
Mildred Budny, “Worcester Manuscripts at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge: A Report on Recent Research, Old English Newsletter, 26:3 (Spring 1993), 22-35, now online.
“Matthew Parker in Cambridge”. Exhibition booklet selected by Catherine Hall, with photography by Mildred Budny (Cambridge: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 1993); reprinted in expanded form in Old English Newsletter, 27:1 (Fall 1993), as Appendix A (A-1–8), now available online.
R.I. Page, Matthew Parker and his Books: Sandars Lectures in Bibliography, Delivered on 14, 16, and 18 May 1990 at the University of Cambridge, with photographs by Mildred Budny (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications in association with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 1993). This volume is available through sellers redirected via Medieval Institute Publications here.
“Three lectures, presented before the University of Cambridge, that examine Matthew Parker as a noted collector of books, an avid annotator, and a keen student of Old English. In the lectures Dr. Page assesses the evidence for Parker’s use of his manuscripts and printed books by drawing upon varied sources, including Parker’s very numerous annotations upon their pages, and surveys the archbishop’s role in the early-modern rediscovery and recovery of Old English and other medieval sources. Plates accompany the text to illustrate many characteristic aspects of Parker’s interventions in his books.” (Medieval Institute Publications)
Mildred Budny and Leslie French, “Image Processing as an Aid for Manuscript Studies: A Workshop” held on 15 January 1994 at the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence. Programme booklet circulated in print form after the event and now downloadable here, with Summary, Programme, Preliminary Report, List of Attendees, and Appendix.
Programs and Abstracts [compiled and edited by Mildred Budny] for the series of Symposia on “The Transmission of the Bible” (1995–2000), circulated in print form at the events and published in pdf form online (2014) in the redesigned version of the Research Group website. Abstracts of Papers
Mildred Budny, “Research Group on Manuscript Evidence: Profile”, issued in print in successive versions with revisions and expansions (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 1995–9; and Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, 1999–), and then issued, with updates as appropriate, on the website of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence. It has appeared
- on our first website as www.manuscriptevidence.org (2006‒2014)
- on our next website 1) first as http://manuscriptevidence.org/wpme/ (2014‒2015)
- and 2) now as http://manuscriptevidence.org (2015‒)
- with the first website archived for a time online (2015‒2016) as http://manuscriptevidence.org/data
“St Edmundsbury and Cambridge: Exhibition Catalogues for Manuscripts from the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds now in Collections in Cambridge”, selected by Antonia Gransden and edited by Mildred Budny, with photography by Mildred Budny (Cambridge: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 1994).
———, Alternate version of the previous item, reprinted in revised and expanded form as Antonia Gransden, “Some Manuscripts in Cambridge from Bury St Edmunds Abbey: Exhibition Catalogue,” in Bury St Edmunds: Medieval Art, Architecture, Archaeology and Economy, edited by Antonia Gransden, The British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, 20 (1998), 228-85. (ISBN 978091296888 and 9780901286871 Bury St. Edmunds: Medieval Art, Architecture, Archaeology and Economy.
R.I. Page, “The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence: Some Approaches and Discoveries”, in Care and Conservation of Manuscripts: Proceedings of the First International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts Held at the University of Copenhagen, 25th-26th April 1994, ed. Gillian Fellows-Jensen and Peter Springborg (Copenhagen: The Royal Library, 1996), 7-22 and plates (pp. 77-84).
Mildred Budny, Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge: An Illustrated Catalogue, with a Foreword by David M. Wilson and an Introduction by R.I. Page, and with photography by Mildred Budny (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications in association with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and with the assistance of the Getty Grant Program, 2 vols., 1997). ISBN 1-879288-87-7.
- The Catalogue and its contents are described here: The Illustrated Catalogue.
- The place of this Catalogue as a contribution to the detailed and long-term study of the manuscript collection across the centuries is reported in the subscription-based “Parker Library on the web”: “About the Catalogues” of manuscripts and selected manuscripts at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, starting with that of Thomas James (1600).
- It is useful to recognize that this publication differs from another with a similar title, and which internet searches often confuse, as described here.
The set of volumes used to be available through Medieval Institute Publications (as one of its “Non Series Volumes”). Now, following the transfer in 2015 of the distribution principally to the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, it is available with a special Promotional Offer through our Orders.
II. As a Nonprofit Educational Corporation (1997–)
[Mildred Budny and Leslie French,] “Research Group on Manuscript Evidence: Style Manifesto” (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, revised version, 1999), reprinted with a color illustration in ShelfLife, Number 1 (see below), pages 8–9.
“Abstracts of Papers” [compiled and edited by Mildred Budny] for the Colloquium on “Shaping Understanding: Form and Order in the Anglo-Saxon World, 400-1100”, co-organized by Leslie E. Webster and Mildred Budny and held at The British Museum on 7-9 March 2002 (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2002). This 14-page Booklet, set in single columns in Adobe Garamond by the Research Group, formerly distributed in print, is now here.
———, Alternate version of the former item, reprinted in the Old English Newsletter, 35:3 (Spring 2002), A-5-15, among the “Abstracts of Conference Papers” listed by year, authors, titles, and the conference name “British Museum Colloquium”, without citing the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence and imposing a different layout (double columns set in Courier); reissued in the Old English Newsletter Online, formerly posted online via “http://www.oenewsletter.org/OEN/archives.php”, and now here.
- http://www.manuscriptevidence.org. Website of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, designed and maintained by Jesse D. Hurlbut (2006–).
- http://www.manuscriptevidence.org/wpme/. Revised, updated, and illustrated version of the Research Group Website, designed and maintained by Jesse D. Hurlbut (2014). You Are Here, and we welcome your visit. We hope that you enjoy the tour.
ShelfLife: A Meeting Place for Scholars, Collectors & Collectors of Manuscripts, Books & the Written Word. Bulletin of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, edited by Mildred Budny and Asa Simon Mittman. The first issue is in print: Number 1 (Winter 2006). This issue was printed and distributed by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies of the Arizona State University. The main work of the distribution fell to our Director instead. For information about the issue, and how to order a copy, reserve future issues, and become a Sponsor of the Bulletin and Benefactor or Patron of the Research Group, please see ShelfLife Journal Description and Contributions & Donations.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence Page on Facebook (2011–). Set up and maintained principally by Mildred Budny. Please visit us there and join the conversation.
III. With Our Copyright Font Bembino
With the development of Bembino — effected in stages over the course of years, launched in 2011, and reissued in updated versions — the publications of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, including this redesigned website, are now set in this font. The font was designed for the Research Group, which owns the copyright.
1) “Bembino: A New High-Quality Font”, Versions 1.0 and 1.1 (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2011‒2012). Font distributed FOR FREE by request via CD-Rom or email attachment and by download at Bembino.
- Mildred Budny and Leslie French, Bembino: A New High-Quality Font [Booklet accompanying Versions 1.0 and 1.1] (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2011–2012). Booklet, with description and specimens, distributed in printed form and downloadable FOR FREE through our site: Bembino.
2) ——— Version 1.2 (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2014). Font available FOR FREE here: Bembino.
- Mildred Budny and Leslie French, Bembino: A New High-Quality Font [Booklet accompanying Version 1.2] (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2014).
3) ——— Version 1.3 (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2015). Font available FOR FREE here: Bembino.
4) ——— Next Version in preparation. A preview of its Armenian font appears in the Report by Leslie J. French of “Two Detached Manuscript Leaves containing New Testament Texts in Old Armenian” (2015). See below. Font available FOR FREE when ready via Bembino.
Leonid Andreevich Beliaev, “In Memory of Oleg Andreevich Grabar”, translated by Mildred Budny and L.A. Beliaev from the Russian “Memoir” published in Rossijskaia arkheologiia (Russian Archaeology), No. 4 (2011), 183–184, and set in Bembino with layout by Leslie French (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2012). Distributed in print privately (2011–) and now published in pdf here (2014). Published, with text and photograph, by permission.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, “Identity & Authenticity: Creating, Preserving & Transmitting Identities Across Time & Place”. Program Booklet with Abstracts of Papers [compiled and edited by Mildred Budny] for the RGME Symposium held on 22-23 March 2013 at Princeton University. The Booklet is available here. The Symposium is described here: “Identity & Authenticity Symposium.
During the Calendar year, the online Calendar for the Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University provided both the Save-the-Date Program Announcement in an interim version (formerly to be found as “http://web.princeton.edu/sites/medieval/images/RGME%20Symposium%20Program.pdf”) and one of the Posters (“Poster 2”) for the event. Now this Poster remains accessible both there and here.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, “Recollections of the Past: Editorial & Artistic Workshops from Late Antiquity to Early Modernity & Beyond”. Program Booklet with Abstracts of Papers [compiled and edited by Mildred Budny] for the RGME Symposium held on 16-17 May 2014 at Princeton University. Available in pdf here.
For a time, both the “Save the Date” Announcement (in an interim version) and one of the Posters for the event were available via the Calendar for the Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University. The Announcement formerly appeared here: “http://web.princeton.edu/sites/medieval/images/RGME%20Symposium%20Program.pdf”. The Poster remains accessible here: Poster 2.
ShelfMarks: The Newsletter of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence. The first issue, Volume 1, Number 1 (Autumn 2014), appears in print, in pdf form, and in extracts (“ShelfTags”) in the email version circulated by subscription via MailChimp. You can Subscribe here.
In February 2015 the U.S. ISSN Center assigned these numbers to the two publications:
- ShelfMarks (Print) ISSN 2377-4096
- ShelfMarks (Online) ISSN 4118.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, “When the Dust Has Settled, Or, When Good Scholars Go Back . . . “.
Program Booklet with Abstracts of Papers [compiled and edited by Mildred Budny] for the RGME Colloquium held on 14 November 2014 at Princeton University.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Style Manifesto [by Mildred Budny and Leslie French] (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, revised version, 2015).
- Curiouser & Curiouser: Document on Paper from Grenoble, Dated 22 February 1345 (Old Style), With a Curious Seal (10 June 2015)
- The ‘Foundling Hospital” for Manuscript Fragments: Gathering Waifs and Strays among Manuscript Fragments Dispersed to the Winds of Change (26 June 2015)
- A New Leaf from ‘Otto Ege’s Manuscript 41’: Part of the Dialogues of Gregory the Great (7 July 2015)
- A New Leaf from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 61’: Part of Ezekiel from a 32-Line Latin Vulgate Pocket Bible from France (10 August 2015)
- A New Leaf from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 14’: Part of the Interpretation of Hebrew Names from a 50-Line Lectern Bible in the Vulgate Version (6 September 2015)
- Scrap of Information (7 August 2015)
- Full Court Preston (10 October 2015)
- Leaf from a Tiny Book of Hours (22 October 2015)
- Center Fold (21 May 2016)
- More Leaves from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 51’ (10 August 2016)
Leslie J. French, ‘Two Detached Manuscript Leaves containing New Testament Texts in Old Armenian: A Report prepared for the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence’ (Princeton: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, 2015), available in pdf in two formats:
- Report on ‘New Testament Leaves in Old Armenian’
- Report on ‘New Testament Leaves in Old Armenian’ as a Booklet for 11″ X 17″ sheets
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Predicting the Past: Dream Symbology in the Middle Ages [Compiled by Mildred Budny and Valerio Cappozzo] (May 2015). Illustrated Program Booklet, with Abstracts, for its Sponsored Session at the 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies, available for download.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Words & Deeds: Actions Enacted, Re-Enacted & Restored, Compiled and Edited by Mildred Budny (March 2016). Illustrated Program Booklet, with Abstracts, for its Symposium at Princeton University on 25-26 March 2016, available for download.
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Crusading and the Byzantine Legacy in the Northwestern Black Sea Region and The Medieval Balkans as Mirror: Byzantine Perceptions of the Balkans and the World Beyond, Compiled by Mildred Budny and Florin Curta (May 2016). Illustrated Program Booklet, with Abstracts, for the pair of Sessions co-sponsored by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence and the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Florida at the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies, available for download.
Linde B. Brocato, Guestblogger for our blog on Manuscript Studies, “Lillian Vail Dymond” (posted 6 July 2016).
David W. Sorenson, “Semi-Official Counterfeiting within the French Mints, 1380–1422, and What It Tells Us”. Paper delivered at Session on “Making It or Faking It? The Strange Truths of ‘False Witnesses’ to Medieval Forms” sponsored by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence at the 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies. Published, with illustrations, on our website (August 2016).
Leslie French and Mildred Budny, “Interview with our Font & Layout Designer” (published 6 October 2016), with illustrations, and downloadable here.
Abstracts of Papers
The Abstracts of presentations at many of the Research Group conference sessions and other scholarly events are published in various forms, online and in print, sometimes in our font Bembino, according with the time-frame of those events and our evolving stature as an organization, from an international scholarly society to an official Nonprofit Educational Corporation.
The sequence and range of these Abstracts are surveyed here: Abstracts of Papers.
I. Congress Sessions
The Abstracts for our Sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies can be found not only via the reports of the individual Congresses, but also via the indexes of these Abstracts
II. Seminars, Symposia, Workshops & Colloquia
The Abstracts of Papers for Events now are indexed by Author according to their presentation in the “Original Series” and in the “New Series”
- Papers for Seminars on ‘The Evidence of Manuscripts’ and
- Symposia, Workshops, and Colloquia (listed by Year)
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