Special Collections

Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library

The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library is a research collection for the study of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Established in 1953 with assistance from the Knights of Columbus, it holds a unique collection of more than 37,000 microfilmed manuscripts from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. It also holds about 3,000 microfilmed manuscripts from numerous other libraries and a large collection of Jesuit historical manuscripts on microfilm. It possesses its own collection of medieval manuscripts, as well as manuscript facsimiles. Its extensive reference collection of manuscript catalogs and works on paleography, codicology, illumination, text editing and transmission, library history, and other topics supports the study of manuscripts and the texts they contain. The library’s fellowship program, annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, and its journal, Manuscripta, promote scholarship in manuscript studies. The Vatican Film Library is a center for fundamental research in the Humanities and history of the Sciences.