Gould Library

Carleton College's Gould Library offers a variety of helpful resources for MARS students.

  • Heather Tompkins, the concentration's research librarian liaison, is available to consult with students. Click here to go to her page with contact and appointment scheduling information.
  • The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Subject Research Guide provides information on locating books and articles and links to databases and online sources. Access the guide here.
  • The department of Special Collections houses over 100 facsimile manuscripts, maps, incunabula, and early printed materials directly relevant to the concentration, and makes these available to students. To learn more about Special Collections and accessing these materials, follow this link. Click to here download a .pdf document listing these resources with brief descriptions, and a starting index of related materials.

Online Textual Resources

The following websites offer free digital access to dictionaries and editions of primary source documents (often in Latin).

Created by a Catholic lay organization called the Cooperatorum Veritatis Societas, the aim of this website is to provide online access to all published documents of the Catholic Church from its origins to the present. Among the collections to be found in .pdf format on the site are Mansi's Sacrorum Conciliorum Nova Amplissima Collectio, the Acta Sanctorum (in progress), parts of the MGH, DuCange's Glossarium Mediae et Infimae Latinitatis, parts of Migne's Patrologia Latina, and many others.

Since the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica has been the source of some of the most authoritative editions of Latin sources on the medieval period. This site makes available the full texts of all its series, including the most recently published volumes. It is somewhat cumbersome to print these texts but the database is searchable.

Online Manuscripts and Exhibitions

The following websites offer free digital access to original Medieval and/or Renaissance documents. Please click the titles to link to these pages.

For those able to understand relatively straightforward French, the Bibliothèque Nationale offers a series of audio-visual exhibitions on topics of interest to MARS students, including, among others, Carolingian manuscripts, cartography, bestiaries, medieval gastronomy, and the Torah, Christian Bible, and Qur’an.

Includes substantial commentary on, and zoom-able image excerpts from, some of the library’s most famous manuscripts, including the Lindisfarne Gospels, Luttrell Psalter, Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an, the Lisbon Hebrew Bible, and Sforza Hours.

Full digital image facsimiles with commentary of the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bibles, Shakespeare quartos and more.

The Digital Scriptorium is an image database of images from medieval and renaissance manuscripts from a large number of institutions, all with substantial information.

Full digital facsimiles of over eighty manuscripts from seven different Oxford libraries.

This Dutch site offers a complete online digital facsimile of the famous Utrecht Psalter, an extensively illustrated Carolingian manuscript, including detailed commentary available in English and both Latin transcription and English translation of the text itself. Note: Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer.