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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New Server Operational

The evening of 6 January, 2021, the migration to the new Fragmentarium server was completed. Some Dynamic Name Servers still point to the old server, but will be updated in the coming hours. Thanks to text&bytes and Nicolas Mermoud for their dedication and professionalism, working without cease to resolve the crisis. 


Fragmentology #3 Published

Fragmentology: A Journal for the Study of Medieval Manuscript Fragments, an Open Access journal run by the Fragmentarium Project, has just published their 2020 issue, with a series of articles, a research note, and a book review on medieval manuscript fragments, the fragment trade, and the more.


Call for Papers: Volume on Fragments in Australia and New Zealand

From noted Fragmentologists Anna Welch and Nicholas Sparks, a Call for Papers for a peer-reviewed volume of essays entitled Piecing together the past: fragments of medieval and early modern books in Australia and New Zealand:

    We are seeking proposals for a collected volume focused on medieval and early modern fragments in Australia and New Zealand. Abstracts are welcomed for articles of up to 8000 words (including notes) that present new research on any aspect pertaining to fragments [...].

    Send paper proposals including title, abstract (250 words) and short bio by Tuesday 26 January 2021 to: Anna Welch ( and Nicholas Sparks (

    More information.


    Tyrolean Fragment Project hits Homepage

    The University of Innsbruck published on its homepage a German-language report on the Tyrolean Fragment Project, featuring the work of fragmentologist Claudia Sojer:


    First Fragments from Retracing the Past Published

    Fragmentarium published the first results of its project, "Retracing the Past: Writing and History in the Fragments of the Bibliothèque nationale de France", led by Dr. Laura Albiero and in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France. 



    Fragmentarium Video Conference: Dr. David Rundle, "Neil Ker and the Tradition of Studying Fragments in the UK"

    On Friday, April 23, at 1600 CET (1500 UK), Dr. David Rundle (Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent), will give a presentation on "Neil Ker and the Tradition of Studying Fragments in the UK". Registration is via Zoom.


    Fragmentarium Video Conference, Adrian Papahagi, Transylvanian Fragments

    On Friday, 26 March 2021, at 1600 Zürich time (CET, GMT+1; 1100 EDT), Dr. Adrian Papahagi of the Babeș-Bolyai University will present: "Evidence Preserved by Destruction: Recycling Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Transylvania during the (Counter)Reformation.

    Registration is via Zoom 


    Fragmentarium Video Conference: Ivana Dobcheva, From Trash to Treasure

    Friday, February 19, at 1600 Central European Time, Ivana Dobcheva will present: "From Trash to Treasure: Working with Fragments from the University Library in Leipzig and the Austrian National Library in Vienna", detailing her many years experience working with manuscript fragments. This lecture is part of the Fragmentarium Video Conferences lecture cycle, and registration is via Zoom.


    "La bibliothèque cachée" online in Paris.

    Dr. Laura Albiero, whose wildly successful Fragmentarium Project, "Retracing the Past" brought to public view some of the most spectacular fragment collections in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, will be presenting in the online version of the seminar Codicologie Quantitative et Sociologie du Livre Médiéval hosted by Université Paris 1 (Sorbonne), Thursday 18 February at 1700 Paris time. Participation is via Zoom. For more information, see the Official Program.


    Fragmentarium Video Conference: Laura Alidori Battaglia, "The Reconstruction of Sienese Choir Book Cycles"

    Friday, 15 January 2021, at 16:00 Central European Time, Dr. Laura Alidori Battaglia of the Université de Lausanne will present her research on reconstructing Sienese Choir Book Cycles. Registration is via Zoom.



    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