Fragmentarium Fragmentarium

Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments

Fragmentarium enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish images of medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them.



Fragmentarium in the News

In conjunction with the launch of the website, Fragmentarium saw extensive coverage in the news. We provide below a selection of some of the coverage:
  • St Galler Tagblatt (also in: Luzerner Zeitung, Nidwaldner Zeitung, Zuger Zeitung), Freiburger Nachrichten, La Liberté (PDF) (also in: Le Courrier)
  • Freiburger Nachrichten

Fragmentarium and the Future of Fragmentology

Fragmentarium announces that the Second Planning Meeting will be held at St. Gall Abbey, 30 August to 1 September 2017. At the meeting, Fragmentarium Fellows will present the results of their research and will then join a select group of senior researchers and manuscript librarians to help chart the next phase of the Fragmentarium project. [...]

Fragmentarium Launched

On Friday, 1 September 2017, Fragmentarium officially opened its doors to the public in a ceremony at the St. Gall Abbey Library. Over the coming weeks, months, and years, we will be publishing online more and more fragments, reconstructions, and studies of fragments. [...]

Fragmentarium Case Study Workshop, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

From 31 May to 2 June, 2017, Fragmentarium partner, the Herzog August Bibliothek, hosted the 2017 Case Study Workshop, made possible through the support of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach foundation and the Handschriftenzentrum of the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig. The Fragmentarium team, met with fellows and supervisors involved in the 2017-2018 Fragmentarium case studies, as well as with other specialists in Fragmentology and the Digital Humanities [...]


Fragmentarium is an international digital research lab for medieval manuscript fragments that enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them online.

It aims:
  • to increase awareness of medieval fragments
  • to make them more accessible and thus open new avenues of investigation and further medieval fragment research in general
  • to improve networking and cooperation between fragment collections, manuscript and fragment scholars, digital humanities specialists and specialists for text and image recognition
  • to promote digital fragmentology and research on manuscript fragments in the digital age
  • to virtually reconstruct manuscripts from their dismembered parts
  • to create an international inventory of medieval manuscript fragments

Fragments of medieval manuscripts offer an as-yet largely unexplored field of study. Except for isolated initiatives and individual, often spectacular discoveries, traditional manuscript research has so far only marginally undertaken work with fragments. The Internet offers extraordinary potential for overcoming some of the chief difficulties of traditional fragment research. Building on the technology developed by e-codices - Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland, Fragmentarium offers an application for scholarly work with fragments. Collaborating with 16 partner institutions throughout Europe and the USA, the project aims, over the next years, to lay the foundations for research on medieval manuscript fragments by providing open standards and guidelines.

Partner libraries:

  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich
  • Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, together with the BIBLISSIMA team for excellence
  • Bodleian Library, together with St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
  • Center for History and Palaeography – National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, Athens
  • Harvard University Library, Cambridge MA, together with the Medieval Academy of America
  • Herzog-August-Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
  • Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen
  • The British Library, London
  • The Schøyen Collection, Oslo and London
  • Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale
  • Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig
  • University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia
  • Yale University, New Haven