Re: tc-list Re: Munster and others
- I can remember beey warmly received as a young student by the
people at Muenster, and from all I hear they are still as helpful as
In the past decade I have visited dozens of manuscript libraries
across Europe, and with very few exceptions, they have all been quite
willing to allow perusal of their manuscripts and/or microfilms. At
times the Laurenziana in Florence gets overly protective and you need
letters of introduction to get in (a good idea for any research
trip), and that might happen anywhere. The only places that is truly
difficult to get into are the monasteries of Mt. Athos (and probably
the other monasteries farther east, but I have not attempted them.).
Some libraries, like the Bibl. Nationale in Paris are increasingly
asking visiting scholars to use their microfilms rather than the
manuscripts themselves, and I hope that these places remain
reasonable about making exceptions when it is important for the
scholar to see the actual document. But these measures are being
forced on libraries because of the theft that continues to occur even
under very strict policies (as at the Vatican several years ago).
My own experience has been that most libraries will arrange to make
microfilm copies for you, if requested, but that quickly becomes
expensive. So once again you get back to the dollar issues.
Increased funding for the IGNTP would help solve many of the issues
there, although I believe a change in location to a better endowed
sight (such as the Hill Monastic Microfilm Library in Collegeville
MN) would produce a more stable atmosphere for future work.