Kislak Center
for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Guided by the vision of its founder, Lawrence J. Schoenberg, the mission of SIMS at Penn is to bring manuscript culture, modern technology and people together to bring access to and understanding of our cultural heritage locally and around the world.

We advance the mission of SIMS by:
  • developing our own projects,
  • supporting the scholarly work of others both at Penn and elsewhere, and
  • collaborating with and contributing to other manuscript-related initiatives around the world.

Locally, we manage the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, which enables scholars to trace the provenance of manuscripts from origin up to today, and we provide space for the meetings of the UPenn graduate student paleography seminar.

Farther afield we collaborate with T-PEN, a web-based tool for working with images of manuscripts (, and the Shared Canvas initiative at Stanford University ( SIMS is active in the local rare books and manuscripts community, and welcomes manuscript-minded scholars and students to join our conversations.

The latest from our blog:

Here is a list of some recent additions to OPenn from August 19-20, 2016.

(Shelfmark, Title, Date uploaded, Link to OPenn).

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Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts

Fol. 1r., Ms. Codex 1338, *Vida, causa, y sucesos prosperos y adversos del illustríssimo y sereníssimo señor don fray Barttolome de Carranza y Miranda, arzobispo de Toledo, de la esclarecida orden de predicadores,* August 19, 2016,

Fol. 1r., Ms. Codex 1350, *Instruccion de Carlos Quinto a Phelipe Segundo su hijo, dada en el año de 1543 ; Adbertencias del Emperador Carlos Quinto de Alemania y Primero de España,* August 19, 2016, (more...)

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