University of Manchester image collections

This website offers access to various collections of the University of Manchester Library that have been digitized:

  • Map Collection. This collection comprises approximately 150.000 printed map sheets and 1.300 atlases. The collection offers an extensive range of topographic and thematic mapping for the UK, as well as wide-ranging coverage for the rest of the world.
  • The Rylands Collection. Highlights from the collections of The University of Manchester Library. This includes literary, historical, antiquarian, genealogical, biblical, devotional, ritualistic, medical, scientific, legal, and administrative texts in numerous languages, from a period of five millennia.
  • Rylands Genizah. The John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester holds a collection of nearly 15.000 fragments, mostly written in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. About 90% of the items are on paper, the remainder on parchment. The vast majority are very small fragments. They date from the 10th to the 19th century AD and include religious and literary texts, documentary sources, letters, and material relating to grammar, philosophy, medicine, astrology, and astronomy. Rylands Genizah currently contains high resolution images of the great majority of these fragments.
  • Rylands Medieval Collection. The basis of the digital collection is a project, started in October 2008 (entitled ‘In the Bigynnyng’), to digitise and describe the University of Manchester collection of over forty Middle English manuscripts. Manuscripts come from a variety of subject areas, including history, theology, art, literature, language, and the history of science and medicine. The collection illustrates progress so far.
  • Rylands Non-Conformist Collection. Material relating to the Baptist, Moravian, Quaker, Congregational, Christian Brethren, and Unitarian traditions. The material includes personal papers, institutional records, and rare published titles. The library is also home to the official archive and printed collections of the Methodist Church of Great Britain comprising several hundred thousand printed items and over a million manuscripts.
  • Rylands Papyri. The University of Manchester Library holds a rich and wide-ranging papyrus collection, including religious, devotional, literary and administrative texts.
  • The John Rylands Library. Images of the building.

Within each collection there are many subcategories. Images can be browsed through these subcategories. In addition, it is possible to browse the entire collection of the University of Manchester Digital Library, sorted into four categories: who, wat, when, and where. Basic and advanced search in the catalogue data are also possible.

In August 2014 almost 65.000 items were available. Images are shown in high definition and can be downloaded in jpeg format.

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Friday, 31 October 2014 - 11:51am
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