The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at Penn brings manuscript culture, modern technology and people together.

About SIMS

Guided by the vision of its founder, Lawrence J. Schoenberg, the mission of SIMS at Penn is to bring manuscript culture, modern technology and people together to bring access to and understanding of our intellectual heritage locally and around the world.

We advance the mission of SIMS by:

  • developing our own projects,
  • supporting the scholarly work of others both at Penn and elsewhere, and
  • collaborating with and contributing to other manuscript-related initiatives around the world.

Locally, we manage the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, which enables scholars to trace the provenance of manuscripts from origin up to today, and we provide space for the meetings of the Penn graduate student paleography seminar. We also host, in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, the annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, which brings scholars from Penn and around the world to present their latest research.

Farther afield we collaborate with T-PEN, a web-based tool for working with images of manuscripts, and the Shared Canvas initiative at Stanford University. SIMS is active in the local rare books and manuscripts community, and welcomes manuscript-minded scholars and students to join our conversations.

SIMS is a community of people at Penn and beyond who love manuscripts and manuscript culture. The SIMS Blog serves as our virtual home, where we talk about what interests us and bring together important and fun information from around the Internet.

The SIMS Brain Trust is located on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, and anywhere else people are thinking and talking about manuscripts.

We are on Twitter @SIMS_Mss

We post and share videos about manuscripts on YouTube

We maintain a presence on Facebook

One thought on “About SIMS

  1. I am interested in your Kalendarium group (, as I think I have a lot of material to contribute. How do I get in touch with them?

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