Fragmentarium exists to promote international research on manuscript fragments and to provide a central platform for publishing the results. It therefore, sponsors, supports, and collaborates on a vast array of research projects, fellowships, and doctoral theses. In return, these research activities enrich Fragmentarium's content, discover new uses for the corpus of fragments published on Fragmentarium, and advance the field by publishing their results in scholarly journals (such as Fragmentology), collective volumes, catalogs, and monographs.
- Institutional Programs
- Individual Programs
Fragmentarium's research contribution includes several sub-projects, conducted with in-house resources and those of our sister project, e-codices.
Fragmentarium Projects include:
- Retracing the Past: Writing and History in the Fragments of the Bibliothèque nationale de France
- Fragments in Southern Brazil: The Memorial Jesuíta
- Fragmenta Bongarsiana: Fragments from the Jacques Bongars collection at the Burgerbibliothek Bern
Around the world, there are numerous research projects involving fragmentology, ranging from large, multi-year projects supported by public and private funds to shorter and ad hoc research activities of scholars. Fragmentarium exists as a resource for such undertakings, often providing the means to publish the images and descriptions that result, but also as a source for a large and heterogeneous dataset of manuscript material, and as a network of expertise. Project partners help form the Fragmentarium community and mutually strengthen each other.
Partner Projects include:
- The Publication of Medieval Music Fragments from Württemberg monasteries housed in the Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart, Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg, and Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart
- Fragments in Beneventan minuscule
- The Detached Fragments of the University and Provincial Library of Tirol (ULB Tirol) and their Digital Catalogue
- The “Bohn Fragment Collection” of the Stadtbibliothek Trier. An important corpus of sources for the history of Gregorian chant
- Swiss Fragments from Fulda (Codices Fuldenses Helvetiae)
To build the field of fragmentology, Fragmentarium actively promotes the work of early-career scholars.
In the current phase of the project (Phase II, 2019-2022), Fragmentarium and its partners routinely sponsor fellowships to enable scholars to work for a limited period of time on a specific problem in fragmentology. Fellows are invited to a Fragmentarium workshop to present their research plan and receive training on the Web Application; at the end of the fellowship, fellows are invited to discuss their results and to submit them for publication in Fragmentology. For the 2020 season, six fellowships have been awarded:
- Maculature in the van Buchell Collection, Dr. Vito Santoliquido
- Fragments Detached from Incunabula in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Fanni Hende
- Manuscript Fragments in Argentina, Dr. Marcela Borelli
- The Beginnings of the Fragment Collection of Leipzig University Library, Ivana Dobcheva, MA
- The Exeter Fragments Project, Dr. Francisco José Álvarez López
- Medieval Manuscript Fragments of Teutonic Prussia, Dr. Paulina Pludra-Żuk, Dr. Marta Czyżak, and Ewa Chlebus, M.A.
The Fellowship program is the continuation in Phase II of the Case Studies model used in Phase I of Fragmentarium (2015-2018). Case Studies were developed by Fragmentarium and its partners to explore specific aspects of fragmentology and to develop the Fragmentarium Web Application in concert with these research undertakings.
Case Studies 2016-2017
- In situ manuscript fragments in the incunabula of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Dr. Ruth Mullett
- Rendre la bibliothèque de Florus de Lyon à son intégrité (Restore the library of Florus of Lyon to its original state), Dr. Pierre Chambert-Protat
- Describing book decorations in an online database – Illuminated fragments of manuscripts at the Austrian National Library, Mag. Friedrich Simader and Mag. Dr. Katerina Kaska
- Cataloguing and Digitization of Manuscript Fragments of the Leipzig University Library, Ivana Dobcheva, MA
- Psalms and Psalters in the Manuscript Fragments at the Abbey Library of St. Gall, Prof. María Adelaida Andrés-Sanz
- Analyzing in situ Fragments in the Beinecke Library Incunables, Dr. Elizabeth Hebbard
Case Studies 2017-2018
- Fragments with Musical Notation in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Antje Hoffmann
- The Medieval Fragments of the Abbey of Mondsee, Ivana Dobcheva, MA
- Lewis Fragments at the Free Library, Emily Shartrand, MA
- Burnt Anglo-Saxon fragments at the British Library: Reassessing the evidence with multispectral imagery (MSI), Dr. Andrew Dunning
- Fragments in Greek Libraries, Athina Almpani, MA
- Boston-Area Fragments, Elena Iourtaeva, MA
A number of Ph.D. Students working with manuscript fragments have Fragmentarium as a partner to publish their research results. Current Ph.D. projects include:
Chartres – a fragmented library. Reconstruction of the medieval holdings of the Abbey of Saint-Père-en-Vallée, Mag. Mag. Veronika Drescher
It is possible for students interested in manuscript studies or Digital Humanities to arrange internships with Fragmentarium. Previous and current interns include:
- Roberta Napoletano (June-August 2019)
- Guillaume Bankowski (June-July 2020)
Interested in Collaborating with Fragmentarium? Contact us!