Source overview

Database of manuscripts and bibliography of codicological literature

The database contains descriptions and a bibliography on manuscripts of a non-official nature written up to the year 1800 found in the collections of memory institutions in the Czech Republic. It represents the basic form of the General Catalogue of Manuscripts. A comprehensive approach characteristic of modern codicology was applied in its creation, and the resultant product serves as an academic catalogue. The database of manuscripts and bibliography are interconnected by a system of cross references.

The database is based on two mutually integrated bases – a database of manuscripts and a bibliographic database of codicological literature which comprises works dedicated to manuscripts. Over 850 manuscripts, in various stages of processing, are currently entered in the database – from a basic entry to a detailed comprehensive description. The database of bibliography of codicological literature provides access to over 8,500 book and periodical bibliographic entries. The data comes from both bibliographic information on individual manuscripts in printed catalogues, and older bibliographic supplements printed in Studies on Manuscripts.

  • Person responsible for administration of information source
    Martina Hrdinová (
  • Current content of information source
    850 manuscripts and 8,500 bibliographic entries
  • Listings have associated digital objects

Online access:

Author/administrator of source:
Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS, v. v. i.


Type of resource:
bibliographic database

bibliology, codicology

codicological literature, manuscripts