Special Collections

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts on Microfilm

The Vatican Film Library holds more than 37,000 manuscripts on microfilm from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, ranging in date from the fourth century AD through the seventeenth century. It holds an additional 3,000 manuscripts on microfilm from a variety of other libraries. To identify the shelfmarks of manuscripts in which you are interested, see the Guide to locating manuscripts and their descriptions. For reproductions made from manuscripts on microfilm, please see our Reproductions Request page, under the heading Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library Microforms.

  • Manuscripts on Microfilm Database
    A online concordance of all manuscript shelfmarks and their corresponding microfilm roll numbers held by the Vatican Film Library.

  • Catalog of the Saint Louis University Libraries
    An online catalog containing bibliographical descriptions of manuscripts on microfilm cataloged to date. Manuscripts are searchable by author, title, subject, genre/form, shelfmark, script, name of scribe or artist, etc. This is an evolving catalog that describes only a portion of the collection, but it offers the broadest range of search options and information.