Fragmentarium Laboratory for Medieval
Manuscript Fragments

Fragmentarium enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish images of medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them. Read more
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Kalamazoo CFP: Fragments and the Big Picture

The ERC-Project 'Books of the Medieval Parish Church' is sponsoring a session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, 2024, with the title "Fragments and the Big Picture: Using Manuscript Fragmetns as Historical Sources". The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 September. For more information, see the BOMPAC project website.


5000 Documents Published

Today, Fragmentarium hit a milestone, publishing its 5000th document. Thanks to all of our partners and collaborators for making possible our continued success!


Samuel Pepys's Fragment Collection Online

The Pepys Library, Magdalene College Cambridge, has published the "Calligraphicall Collection" compiled by Samuel Pepys in 1700, with comments by Humfrey Wanley. This collection provides unique insight on fragments and the interest in script and print by a celebrated figure at the end of the seventeenth century.


Article on Ticinensia disiecta and Fragmentology

Marina Bernaconi Reusser, Renzo Iacobucci, and Laura Luraschi, the motive forces behind the Fragmentarium partner project Ticinensia disiecta, have published a discussion of their project, its results, and the importance of the study of medieval fragments in the latest issue of Fogli.


New Romanian Publications on Fragmentology and Manuscript Culture

Professor Adrian Papahagi announces:

It is my pleasure to announce that the catalogue of an exhibition of medieval manuscript fragments from Cluj, Romania (2022) can now be downloaded freely here:

Also, a book discussing numerous manuscripts, manuscript fragments, and incunabula connected to the medieval dioceses of Cenad, Oradea, and Transylvania may be of interest to some of you. It can be ordered from the publisher:

The book inaugurates a series edited by the Centre for the History of the Book (CODEX) at the University of Cluj. The second volume in the series, focusing on the book culture of the Transylvanian Saxons, can also be ordered from the publisher:


Fragmentarium Video Conference: video available

Interested in stories of in-situ manuscript fragments? The video from the Fragmentarium Video Conference of Friday, March 10, 2023 is now available. Featuring Marina Bernasconi Reusser, Adinel Dincă, and Alessandra Molinari.


Fragmentology #5 Published

Fragmentology 5 (2022) has been released! Concurrent with issue #5, Fragmentology has moved to the Shared Open Access Publishing Platform (SOAP2) to improve its sustainability.



Fragmentarium Video Conference: Deathless Fragments

Eric Johnson, Professor and Curator of Thompson Special Collections, The Ohio State University, will present a video conference: "Deathless Fragments: A Virtual Tour of the Current Exhibit at the Thompson Library" on 9 June 2023 at 1700 Central European Summer Time (1600 BST, 1100 EDT, 800 PDT). Please register to attend.

Ohio is awash in the remains of medieval books. Between the 1930s and early 2000s, hundreds of medieval manuscripts were broken and dispersed, principally by two key figures: Otto Ege (1888-1951) and Bruce Ferrini (1949-2010). Although they never knew each other, together these two figures cut apart and scattered the remains of countless valuable and exceptional medieval books, obscuring their contents and complex histories, seemingly forever. Many of those pieces now reside at Ohio State, presenting students, teachers, researchers, and the public with limitless opportunities for exploration, learning, and discovery. Deathless Fragments considers Ohio’s complex medieval manuscript legacy by exploring both its history as a site of manuscript destruction and its future as a center for the reconstruction and recovery of lost medieval books.


Fragmentarium Video Conferences: Round Table on Cataloguing loose Fragments

Monday, 3 March 2023, at 5 PM Zürich time, Round Table on Cataloguing loose Fragments, featuring

  • Godfried Croenen, Flemish Heritage Libraries / Vlaamse Erfgoedbibliotheken
  • Anne Fellinger, Archives d'Alsace
  • Marie Turner, Cambridge University Library

The Round Table was held on Zoom. 

The video is now available.


Fragmentarium Video Conference: Round Table on Cataloguing in situ Fragments

Fragmentarium Video Conferences are back, starting with a pair of Round Tables on cataloguing fragments.

Friday, 10 March 2023, at 5 PM Zürich time, Round Table on Cataloguing in-situ Fragments, featuring

  • Marina Bernasconi Reusser, Centro di competenza per il libro antico, Lugano, director of the project “Ticinensia disiecta”
  • Adinel Dincă, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj, director of the project “Literacy and Literary Culture in Mediasch/Mediaş (Transylvania) in the 14th-16th Centuries. Conservation, virtual reconstruction, and scholarly analysis of a Transylvanian parish church and gymnasium library.”
  • Alessandra Molinari, Università di Urbino, director of the project “Textus Invisibilis”

The Round Table was held on Zoom. The Video is now available.



Fragmentology is an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal, dedicated to publishing scholarly articles and reviews concerning medieval manuscript fragments.

Latest issue:


  • W. Duba, “Fragmentarium”, Das Mittelalter 24 (2019): Digitale Mediavistik und der deutschsprachige Raum, 221–223. DOI: 10.1515/mial-2019-0015
  • P. Pludra-Żuk, “Czy potrzebna nam fragmentologia? Na marginesie pierwszego numeru pisma „Fragmentology““ (“Do We Need Fragmentology? Notes on the First Issue of the Journal ‘Fragmentology’”), Kwartalniak Historii Nauki i Techniki 64:4(2019), 173–182. DOI: 10.4467/0023589XKHNT.19.035.11043

Participation & Recruitment

Fragmentarium Cataloguing Courses

Scholars interested in an intensive two-day course on manuscript fragments and Fragmentarium may be interested in attending one of our cataloguing courses, where they will undergo intensive training in how to describe and encode manuscript fragments.

Publish Your Fragments!

Share your fragments with the world! You or your institution can publish fragments on Fragmentarium.

Partner Libraries

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City Biblioteca Nacional de Argentina Mariano Moreno, Buenos Aires Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, together with the BIBLISSIMA team for excellence Bodleian Library, together with St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford Center for History and Palaeography – National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, Athens Harvard University Library, Cambridge MA, together with the Medieval Academy of America Herzog-August-Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna Stanford University Libraries Stiftsbibliothek St.Gallen The British Library, London The Schøyen Collection, Oslo and London Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia Yale University, New Haven