Cardinal Richelieu's Library
Led by the Bibliothèque Mazarine in partnership with the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, the Department of Manuscripts at the BnF and the Centre Jean Mabillon (ENC), this project aims to virtually reconstruct Cardinal Richelieu's collection (1300 manuscripts, 6150 early printed books), with identifications of the texts and links to any existing digitizations of the books. Digital editions of the early inventories of the collection, which are held at both the Bibliothèque Mazarine and the BnF and have already been digitized, are also planned.
Catalogues and Booklists of Ecclesiastical Libraries under the Ancien Régime (14th-18th Centuries)
Led by the Archives nationales (France) in partnership with the section de Codicologie, histoire des bibliothèques et héraldique at the IRHT (CNRS), this second project will extend the first corpus, through the inclusion of library inventories of religious institutions at the time of the French Revolution in addition to earlier documents of a different nature (wills, bequests, post-mortem inventories) concerning the same type of institutions, the Parisian colleges in particular.
Catalogues of Ecclesiastical Libraries Confiscated During the French Revolution (1770-1797)
Led by the Archives nationales (France) in partnership with the section de Codicologie, histoire des bibliothèques et héraldique at the IRHT (CNRS), this project aims to construct a corpus of the catalogues of the ecclesiastical libraries that were dismantled during the French Revolution. The manuscripts and early printed books were dispersed during this period and are held today in many different cultural heritage institutions. The goal is to be able to virtually reconstruct these collections and to provide researchers with the means to identify not only the previous owners but also the books themselves.
CRIICO (CR2I Centre Ouest: Digitisation of the Catalogues Régionaux des Incunables, for the Centre, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes et Limousin, Basse Normandie Regions)
Led by the Bibliothèque municipale à vocation régionale d'Orléans in partnership with the Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance – Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes, la Bibliothèque Municipale de Blois, la Bibliothèque Municipale d'Angers, the Bibliothèque patrimoniale des Quatre Piliers in Bourges, the Réseau des Médiathèques et des Archives du Mans and the Médiathèque François-Mitterrand in Poitiers, this project will continue the retroconversion of the Catalogues Régionaux des Incunables, undertaken by the CESR (Tours). The choice of catalogues to be digitised (Centre, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes et Limousin, Basse Normandie) will cover a large part of Northwestern France and will also provide an opportunity to update the oldest catalogues (Centre et Pays de la Loire).
Horae Pictavenses: Study of the Origin and Provenance of Poitevin Manuscripts through Text and Image
Led by the Médiathèque François-Mitterrand du Grand Poitiers in partnership with the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, Teklia and the Espace Mendes France, this project proposes to combine automated image analysis with detailed scientific study in order to develop a virtual library for the historical province of Poitou and provide in-depth analysis of the circulation of books through the identification of their origins and provenance.
Humanist Culture in Franche-Comté, 15th to 17th Centuries
Led by the Bibliothèque et les archives municipales de Besançon in partnership with the Institut des Sciences et Techniques de l'Antiquité at the Université de Franche-Comté, this project will study the the very diverse collections held by scholars in Franche-Comté, which are largely unexplored: their texts (manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books), their bookplates and the entirety of their annotations, in addition to their collections of old coins, will be studied.
Humanist Libraries in the Loire Valley (BHLi)
Led by the Bibliothèque municipale d'Angers in partnership with the Médiathèque Louis-Aragon of Le Mans (project lead in 2016), the Bibliothèque du Prytanée militaire La Flèche, the Bibliothèque diocésaine du Mans, the Société d'Agriculture, Sciences et Arts de la Sarthe, the Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance – Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes, the École nationale des chartes and the History Department of the Université du Maine, this project aims to make a number of remarkable manuscripts and early printed books available to a wide audience. These works, dating from the late 15th century to the end of the reign of Louis XIII of France, are currently held in various libraries in Le Mans and Angers, as well as the Bibliothèque La Flèche.
La Boétie and Montaigne: Private Libraries in Aquitaine
Led by the Bibliothèque municipale de Bordeaux in partnership with the Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes (CESR), the Médiathèque Condorcet de Libourne, the Bibliothèque municipale de Périgueux and the Bibliothèque universitaire de Lettres (SCD Bordeaux III), this project will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of private libraries during the Renaissance, through the digitisation of La Boétie's library following the discovery of a sub-collection of books which belonged to him, most notably within Montaigne's own library.
Mazarin's Library, Online
Led by the Bibliothèque Mazarine in partnership with the Centre Jean Mabillon (ENC), the Pôle Document numérique at the MRSH de Caen and the Department of Manuscripts at the BnF, this project proposes an online critical edition of the catalogue records for Mazarin's library (1602-1661), which will allow for a virtual reconstruction of the collection, advanced searching of the content and the identification and location of those manuscripts and early printed books which subsist today. The project focusses on the inventory of the library which was drawn up in 1661, in the weeks following Mazarin's death (27,000 printed books and just over 2,000 manuscripts).
Online Benedictine Library of Saint-Amand Abbey (8th-18th Centuries)
Led by the Bibliothèque municipale de Valenciennes in partnership with the Centre Jean Mabillon (ENC), the Institut d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (CNRS), the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (CNRS), the Faculté des arts et des sciences de l'Université de Montréal and the Laboratoire CALHISTE de l'Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis, this project will reconstruct and produce a digital online edition of the library catalogue of the former Saint-Amand Benedictine Abbey (also called Elnone Abbey) from its origins through to the end of the Ancien Régime. An estimated total of 350 manuscripts and 3000 early printed books are still in existence today, of perhaps 10,000 books total at the time of confiscation during the French Revolution.
Online Library of the Dominicans of Toulouse
Led by the Bibliothèque municipale de Toulouse in partnership with the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, this project aims to study the library of the first major establishment of the Dominican order, which was founded in Toulouse in 1215 and existed until 1789.
Provenance Information on French Library Collections
Led by the Bibliothèque de l'Institut de France in partnership with the bibliothèque de la Cour de cassation, the Bibliothèque Mazarine, the bibliothèque du Ministère des Affaires étrangères, the Bibliothèques municipales de Besançon, de Lyon et de Nancy, the Réserve des livres rares at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, the CESR, the Centre Gabriel Naudé, the Institut d'histoire du livre and the Service commun de documentation du CNAM (Pôle patrimoine), this project will develop a joint online tool that draws together provenance information on the manuscripts and printed books (primarily those printed between 1450 and 1830) held at regional, university and specialised libraries in France.
Saint-Bertin, Cultural Centre from the 7th to 18th Centuries: Constitution, Preservation, Diffusion, Use of Knowledge
Led by the Bibliothèque d'Agglomération de Saint-Omer in partnership with the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (CNRS) and the Bibliothèque municipale de Boulogne sur Mer – Bibliothèque des Annonciades, this project will edit, analyse and digitise the abbey's old catalogues as well as 577 medieval and 16th-century manuscripts which were once a part of the Saint-Bertin Abbey library in Saint-Omer.
The Abbey Library of Saint-Martin de Sées (11th-18th C.): Reconstruction and Description
Led by the Médiathèque de la Communauté urbaine d'Alençon in partnership with the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, this project aims to digitise and catalogue the manuscripts, incunabula and early printed books that once belonged to the library of the benedictine abbey Saint-Martin de Sées.
The Illustrated Book in Lyon (1480-1600)
Led by the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon in partnership with the Institut d'Histoire de la Pensée Classique, the Groupe Renaissance et Âge Classique, the Faculty of Mediæval and Modern Languages (Oxford University) and The Warburg Institute, this project aims to study and describe illustrated books published in Lyon during the Renaissance; to index illustrated books printed in Lyon that are now held at the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, at other libraries in the Lyon region or in Oxford at the Bodleian and college libraries; and to describe the digital images of these illustrations in an iconographic database using the classification system of the Warburg Institute Photographic Collection.
Virtual Library of Clairvaux — 1472
Led by the Médiathèque du Grand Troyes in partnership with the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (CNRS), this project will provide access to the subsisting manuscripts which were once a part of the medieval library of Clairvaux through a high performance virtual library (designed primarily for researchers) and a website for the general public.
Virtual Library of Mont Saint-Michel
Led by the Bibliothèque patrimoniale d'Avranches in partnership with the Centre de recherches archéologiques et historiques anciennes et médiévales — Centre Michel de Boüard, the Pôle Document numérique and the Office Universitaire d'Études Normandes (MRSH de Caen), this project will digitise 88 manuscripts that once belonged to the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey library and are now held at the Bibliothèque municipale d'Avranches. This operation will complete the previous digitisation campaigns and will enrich the Virtual Library of Mont Saint-Michel.
Virtual Reconstruction of the Medieval Libraries of Chartres
Led by the Médiathèque l'Apostrophe de Chartres in partnership with the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, the Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la région Centre and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, this porject aims to reconstruct Chartres' medieval library through the digitisation of this exceptional collection, which includes many manuscripts from the schools of Chartres from the 9th through 12th centuries. This collection, which was saved from the wreckage in May 1944, will also be widely accessible: the images and data will be made available through a number of different portals, including Biblissima, the BVMM and Chartres Public Libraries.