[CfA] Make a wish: Suggest Swiss manuscripts for digitisation at the ‘e-codices’ project

e-codicesFor historians working on manuscripts that are held in Swiss libraries, the e-codices project currently offers a unique opportunity: Until 1 March 2015, anyone can suggest manuscripts in Swiss archives or libraries for digitisation and publication in the project’s virtual library. In this way, 25 medieval and modern manuscripts, ‘which should be of major significance for research’ are meant to be made available in 2015, as the call for collaboration states.

The e-codices project aim is to make late antique, medieval and early modern manuscripts that are held in Switzerland available on the internet. This also incorporates additional information in the respective manuscripts, e.g. manuscript descriptions, which are published in German, French, Italian and English. Since 2008, more than 1.200 manuscripts have been made accessible in this way. On this blog, the e-codices virtual library is particularly well known for the digitisation of the Züricher Wappenrolle (Zurich armorial), which we recently introduced on Heraldica Nova. Thanks to e-codices, this unique source of medieval heraldry, including 559 coats of arms on a four meter long parchment roll, is now available in an up to now unprecedented quality.

While you can suggest any manuscript that is being held in a Swiss library or archive by filling out a proposal form, we are of course especially interested in heraldic sources: Do you know of any sources relating to heraldry in Switzerland that you would like to make accessible to research by digitisation? Please, make a wish via the comments, email, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter, and we will fill out the proposal forms for you. We are looking forward to your suggestions!

See also our comprehensive list of already digitised armorials.


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3 Responses

  1. Elmar Hofman says:

    There are some manuscripts with collections of arms whose signature is unknown to me. Does anyone know the current signature of one of the following manuscripts in Switzerland?
    • Wappenbuch Pfisterzunft von Luzern
    • Anniversar von Elgg (I have found both the signatures Elgg Stadtarchiv, Anniversar von Elgg, III.39 and Elgg, Archiv der Zivilgemeinde, IV A 2, but these do not seem to be up to date)
    • Clipearius Teutonicorum (In Zürich?)

  2. Elmar Hofman says:

    A great initiative of e-codices. Below follows a list of manuscripts in Swiss archives that contain coats of arms or armorials. It would be wonderful if these manuscripts could be digitized.
    • Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, Hs. O I 13 (Kochses Gräberbuch, 15th c)
    • Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, Hs. O III 47 (Basler Wappenbuch, 15th c)
    • Basel, Staatsarchiv, Wappenbücher 4 (Wappenbuch des Konrad Schnitt, 16th c)
    • Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 120 (Carmen de bello Siculo inter Henricum VI, 12th c)
    • Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 45 (Clemens Speckers Chronik, 15th c)
    • Zürich, Staatsarchiv, cod. W 3 AG 21 (Wappenbuch Edlibach, 15th c)
    • Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. A 75 (Edlibach Chronik, 15/16th c)
    • Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. A 42 (Wappenbuch Grünenberg, 16th c)
    • Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. C I (Jahrzeitbuch von Uster, 15th/16th c)

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