Cataloguing

When the manuscripts return to the library in Chartres, the digital images are passed on to scholars, each according to his specialty.

a) The first objective is to take each bundle of folios, which are no longer bound, foliated, or necessarily in coherent succession, and transform it into a book that has been put back in order and can be consulted. To do this, the researcher must identify the texts, put the leaves in order, and where possible identify the folio number with the aid of the 1890 catalogue and occasionally with the help of pre-war reproductions. The reproductions of the fragments can then be put back in order in the BVMM (Virtual Library of Medieval Manuscripts). See for example the ms. 62.

b) Thereafter the manuscript may, according to its particularities, be the object of an edition, a codicological, palaeographical, artistic or philological study, which will accompany the description of the manuscript on the project’s website.

A study day, organized by IRHT on 22 September 2012 at the Médiathèque L'Apostrophe, was devoted to several of the damaged manuscripts. The lectures were filmed and are published on the website of the city of Chartres.