The Morgan Library & Museum Digitizes Some of Its Most Important Material


The Morgan Library & Museum Digitizes Some of Its Most Important Material

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John Bidwell, curator of Printed Books and Bindings, The Morgan Library & Museum, with members of the HUMI of Keio University examining the Gutenberg Bible during the facsimile photography. Photo by John Calabrese.

The Morgan Library & Museum continues a major initiative to digitize some of its most important books and manuscripts in order to share their contents with a wider audience. Highlights of this ambitious ongoing effort include the following:

  • A state-of-the-art digital facsimile of one of the three Gutenberg Bibles in the Morgan’s collection.
  • A digital facsimile of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book 1—the only surviving manuscript of what is arguably the most important poem in the English language.
  • The digitization of every illustrated page within the Morgan’s collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.
  • The digitization of Morgan’s entire collection of music manuscripts, including more than 1,000 music manuscripts by Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven, among others.
  • The digitization of audiotapes in The Paris Review archive, including interviews with such luminaries as James Baldwin, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Sam Shepard, and Eudora Welty.

Sam Streed
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