(formerly known as the Union Manuscript Computer Catalogue)

Project Co-Directors

Melissa Conway       Lisa Fagin Davis


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In the fifty and thirty-four years respectively since the de Ricci Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada  and the Faye and Bond Supplement  were published, many manuscripts have changed hands and many manuscripts from European collections, not recorded in either work, have been added to American and Canadian collections. In addition, many important private collections listed in de Ricci and Faye and Bond have been dispersed and have passed into institutional libraries. With the help of technological advances unavailable to those compiling the previous bibliographies, this automated census will at once provide a corrected, updated, machine-readable census of manuscripts in American and Canadian libraries, as well as a flexible and expandable computer database which will permit librarians, curators and scholars of the future to record changes and additions to the census quickly and easily.

The UMCC will focus on original cataloguing. The directors will oversee the cataloguing of the approximately 8,000 uncatalogued manuscripts in the U.S. and Canada and input the new records into a fully searchable multiple-field database. The UMCC will follow the recommendations of the EAMMS project in the selection of database fields, and will link each record to an image when one is available. The final product will be accessible via the World Wide Web.

We are currently in the organizational stages of this massive undertaking, which will be a non-profit project funded privately at this initial stage. We invite you to peruse our Provisional Institution List, and ask you to please inform us if you know of any institutions with pre-1600 manuscript holdings that we have inadvertently omitted.

Contact the UMCC:

Uncatalogued Manuscript Control Center
25705 Horado Lane
Moreno Valley, California
92551-1985   USA

Phone/Fax: (909) 488-0373
e-mail: deRicci@aol.com

About Pacioli's Prism: Our logo, a complex polyhedron of twenty-six sides (eight triangles and eighteen squares) is also known as Pacioli's Prism, named for the fifteenth-century mathematician Luca Pacioli. The prism appears twice in the famous portrait of the mathematician at work by Jacopo de Barbari (painted in 1495, now in the Naples National Museum). While primarily remembered today as the father of modern accounting, Pacioli was best known in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance as the author of one of the most important and influential mathematical treatises of his time, the Somma de aritmetica, geometria, proporzioni et proporzionalitą -- a brilliant blend of abstruse theories and practical applications.

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