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43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies
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This two-day conference offers a variety of sessions addressing aspects of the production, distribution, reception, and transmission of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

10/14/2016 to 10/15/2016
When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Where: Vatican Film Library, St. Louis University
3650 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri  63108
United States
Contact: Erica Lauriello

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The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, part of the University Libraries Department of Special Collections, invites all to attend its 43rd Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 14–15 October 2016.

This two-day conference each year offers a variety of sessions addressing aspects of the production, distribution, reception, and transmission of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, and featuring work in areas such as paleography, codicology, illumination, textual transmission, library history, provenance, cataloguing, and other subjects. This year's guest speaker is Madeline H. Caviness, Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus at Tufts University. Dr. Caviness will deliver the Lowrie J. Daly, S.J., Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies and will speak on "Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books." This lecture is open to the public and will be held on Friday, 14 October, at 4pm. It is co-sponsored with Saint Louis University’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and is followed by a reception.

2016 Conference sessions:

  • All Things Visible and Invisible: Illuminating Working Practices in Manuscript Making
  • Creating Memory, Creating Identity
  • Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners
  • Illuminating Metalwork: Representations of Precious-Metal Objects in Medieval Manuscript Illumination
  • Revelations of Codicology
  • Manuscripts for Travelers
  • Beyond Arbiters of Lay Piety and Ambassadors of Culture: Revisiting Bell’s Medieval Women Book Owners
Regular sessions of the conference are open to the public through advance registration. Saint Louis University students, staff, faculty, and Library Associates are admitted free of charge, but are asked to register in advance. For program and registration information, visit the conference webpage. For further information, contact the Vatican Film Library at 314-977-3090 or

The Vatican Film Library is a research library for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies that holds 40,000 manuscripts on microfilm, principally from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. In addition to its annual conference, the library also publishes its biannual journal, Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research, and a new publication series, Manuscripta: Publications in Manuscript Research. It also offers fellowships for research in its collections. The VFL is part of Special Collections in the Saint Louis University Libraries. Keep in touch with us through our blog, Special Collections Currents, or via Twitter.

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