Libraries and Archives
Call for Papers
The Thirteenth York Manuscripts Conference: Cathedral Libraries and Archives of
Britain and Ireland
3-5 July 2014
Hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern
Studies at the University of York
Organised by Brian Cummings, Linne Mooney, Bill Sherman and Hanna Vorholt.
The York Manuscripts Conference has been held biennially or triennially since 1986 and,
with about 50 papers, is amongst the largest conferences in Europe dedicated to manuscript
studies. The Thirteenth York Manuscripts Conference, to be held from 3-5 July 2014 will
have as its topic the Cathedral Libraries and Archives of England, Wales, Scotland and
The Cathedral Libraries and Archives of Britain and Ireland comprise some of the most
remarkable and least explored collections of medieval and early modern manuscripts. While
predictably focused on theological, liturgical, and devotional books, they also contain many
medical, scientific, and literary sources, as well as legal and administrative documents. In
addition to the many collections that are still in situ, others are now being looked after
elsewhere, or have been dispersed. The conference will include papers on medieval and early
modern manuscripts which are or were once held by the cathedrals of Britian and Ireland,
considering their varied contents, illumination, use, and provenance; paper topics might also
explore the formation, development, and dissolution of the libraries themselves; connections
between different collections; their location and cataloguing within the cathedrals; or the
distinction between cathedral libraries and cathedral archives in a historical perspective.
Papers which shed light on lesser known treasures and collections will be especially
welcome. We invite papers from researchers in the fields of religion, history, art history,
musicology, history of science, literature, codicology, conservation, and other cognate
disciplines. Papers delivered at the conference may be considered for inclusion in a volume
of selected essays.
The conference is organised in association with the Cathedrals Libraries and Archives
Network (CLAN), which seeks to engender, co-ordinate, facilitate and promote research on
the Cathedral collections, and to act as an interface between academic communities, church
bodies, and the wider public.
Plenary lectures will be given by Nigel Morgan (Cambridge), Christopher Norton (York),
Rodney Thomson (Tasmania), and Magnus Williamson (Newcastle).
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to YMCfirstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for
submission of proposals is 1 July 2013.