Contact: James Henry Spohrer
Scope of Collection
Berkeley has collections of Medieval Studies materials which are among the richest and most complete in the world. Area selectors for Europe and other areas, as well as selectors of English-language materials in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences acquire materials on the European middle ages using their regular funding sources.
The chief departments served by the collection (in addition to the Medieval Studies Program) are History, English and the various European language depertments. A few users in political science and sociology are also working in medieval studies areas.
Our great strengths are in medieval France, Italy, Germany, the Low Countries, and the Scandinavian countries, but we have very broad strength in other geographic areas. We cover the entire period from the earliest to the latest point and are format-blind in our collecting, though most materials are traditional print publications.
We have a particularly strong collection on medieval Scandinavian studies.
Bancroft has extremely rich collections, including many manuscripts, and also a complete collection of the facsimiles in the series Codices Selecti (as well as many other medieval manuscript facsimiles).
Primary Languages and Formats
We collect in any language in which scholarly works on the European middle ages are published, including French, Italian, German, Dutch, Latin, Greek (both Byzantine and modern), the Scandinavian languages, the Slavic languages, and in English.
For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see Medieval Studies.