Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library


FOREWORD

The Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library completes the set of four guides (in five volumes) which have been in preparation since 1975. Each Guide is organized according to different principles because scholars working in the various subject fields—American history, British history, literature, and medieval and renaissance history and literature—would appear to need and to expect different kinds of information. The present two-volume Guide treats the smallest collection—almost 400 manuscripts—yet it contains the most detailed descriptions of materials.

The Acknowledgments and the Introduction indicate the large number of persons who have contributed to this project in important ways. Consuelo Wager Dutschke, the principal author, has assumed responsibility for the Guide, from determining its final format to composing the detailed descriptions of manuscripts to compiling the indexes. Her commitment to doing things the right way takes time, but it is likely to be the ultimate justification of the project.

Two other persons deserve particular recognition for their services: Professor R. H. Rouse of UCLA, who steered the Guide through its early and anxious stages of development; and Mary L. Robertson, Curator of Manuscripts at the Huntington, whose patient yet firm handling of a variety of managerial problems has been indispensable at all times.

DANIEL WOODWARD

LIBRARIAN


C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
Electronic version encoded by Sharon K, Goetz, 2003.
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