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Durham University

Special Collections

Material for medieval historians

Medieval archives, books and sources

Durham University has particularly rich collections of medieval manuscripts and early books, as well access to a wide range of electronic and printed sources.

Archives and books in the University Libraries

Full list of all our archive collections

Image of DCD Misc.Charter 554. Reproduced by kind permission of the Chapter of Durham Cathedral.

DCD Misc.Charter 554. Reproduced by kind permission of the Chapter of Durham Cathedral.

Resources

We have a wide range of electronic bibliographic, reference and full-text resources including the Dictionary of Old English, Old English Corpus, the Monumenta Germania Historica, the Patrologia Latinae Database and Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire.  We also have most medieval and early modern episcopal registers on microfilm.

Further details of our library resources


Other Libraries and Archives

Durham Cathedral Library

Manuscripts dating from the sixth century on theology, music, history, travel and art in the Library of Durham cathedral. The archive of the cathedral is in the care of the University, at 5 The College, but the Cathedral Library houses an unrivalled collection of medieval book manuscripts and a series of special collections. Catalogues of these can be found at Palace Green Library, as well as at the Cathedral Library.