Hanks Family Southern French Legal Manuscripts Catalogue
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of History Honors Theses; 2017
In 2015, The Ohio State University's Rare Books and Manuscripts Library acquired a medieval archive from Southern France. There are a total of eighty-two legal documents with dates ranging from 1426 to 1774. The majority of these documents are parchment, though some are paper, and are written in either Latin or Old Gascon. Since no one has worked with these documents, I decided to create a project in order to provide resources for future scholars. This project has three parts: creating a catalog, creating an identification system for these documents, and creating a database that gives scholars access to notary stamps used in medieval Southern France. The catalogue allows documentation of size, dates, condition, notary stamps, and important names that a scholar could use to find documents relating to their research while also providing the library with the means to share the collection with the public. Creating an identification system allows people to find and refer to each document, thus allowing future researchers to see how certain documents are connected. An identification system of this manner can be adapted and used for other documents added to OSU's legal manuscript collection. Lastly, by utilizing the database future researchers can search by notarial stamp and find information pertaining to that stamp. In short, this project aims to make these medieval manuscripts more accessible to scholars at Ohio State and beyond by providing additional resources for public use.
Academic Major: History