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 March 11-March 30, 2016. We will add more updates over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

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

Univ. of Penn Books & Manuscripts – 103 items

Folder 1, Side 1., Ms. Coll. 104, *Miscellaneous documents from Spanish universities,* March 11, 2016,

1, Ms. Codex 964, *Cahier de chansons,* March 11, 2016,

Fol. 2r., Ms. Codex 802, *Of the rise and progress of the obstetric art,* March 11, 2016,

1, Ms. Codex 807, *Sermons,* March 11, 2016, (more...)

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