OPenn: Curated collections
This collection, when completed, will include digital editions of more
than 400 western European medieval and early modern codices, plus
selected leaves and cuttings, from the collections of Philadelphia Area
Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) member libraries.
This collections is funded by the Council on Library and Information
In the late 1990s, thanks to a significant gift from a Penn alum named
Jeffrey Keil, W' 65 and PAR '91, Penn initiated a project, in
collaboration with Cambridge University Libraries, to apply digital
technologies to discover new intellectual matches among physically
dispersed Cario genizah fragments. Through this initiative it was demonstrated
how digital technologies may serve as discovery tools to identify
matches among a global diaspora of thousands of fragments of medieval
manuscripts (see: http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/genizah/index.cfm).
This collection of Cairo genizah fragments consists of Penn manuscripts
that were part of this project.
The PACSCL Diaries Project will allow researchers an intimate view into a
wide variety of personalities, largely from Philadelphia, as they went about their
daily lives and commented on the world around them. The project will
ultimately provide an online archive of diaries drawn from PACSCL member
collections. OPenn currently hosts a pilot group of 53 diary volumes.