Special Collections, located on the first floor in Hodges Library, preserves and provides access to rare and unique materials that support instruction and research at the University of Tennessee. Available formats include rare books, manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, and digital collections. This research guide identifies special collections materials related to medieval and Renaissance studies.
The guide is not a comprehensive list but, instead, an introduction to prominent topics and themes available in our collections. To find more materials on a specific topic:
Special Collections owns four extensive collections of facsimiles, in addition to many individual volumes in either facsimile or primary form.
Early English Manuscripts in Facsimile are mostly ecclesiastical works, but not entirely.
For excellent descriptions of the volumes in our collections, see these external websites:
ambo - a pulpit from which the Bible was read
cartulary - a register listing all of the deeds, or charters, of a monastery or estate
codicology - the study of manuscripts
ecclesiastical - relating to churches
facsimile - an exact copy of a book or manuscript
illuminated manuscript - a book with brightly colored illustrations, highlighted with gold or silver
liturgical - referring to public worship
manuscript - a book created or reproduced by hand
paleography - the study of ancient handwriting
parchment - a writing surface made from animal skin, like vellum
schemata - a diagram or sketch showing details
travelogue - a record of travels, or information about traveling
vellum - a writing surface made from animal skin, like parchment