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This research guide is co-owned and co-authored by Dr. Danielle Mihram & Dr. Melissa L. Miller

Welcome! This Research Guide focuses on Medieval and Manuscript Studies and Research


Medieval studies is an interdisciplinary and multifaceted field which includes the history of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire until the emergence of the Renaissance in northern Europe in the early sixteenth century.

This Research Guide includes information about the Western European medieval world, and it touches upon an array of topics, for example: art, history, law, liturgy, music, philosophy, and many others.

It aims to provide an entry into various resources that the University of Southern California (USC) has to offer in medieval studies, as well as links to relevant databases and sources, including digitized manuscripts here at USC. It also spotlights our collection of incunabula in the USC Libraries Special Collections Department. Updates will be added on a regular basis, so as to reflect evolving research on any topic presented in this Guide.


Be sure to explore our companion project USC Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts now published as a Scalar e-Book  

This work (extensive research and uploading of the various multi-modal materials in this Scalar publication) was started in July 2020, and it will continue to progress thanks to the close collaboration of our Project’s team members and affiliates.

Scalar, from the University of Southern California's Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, is an open source, authoring and publishing platform designed for media-rich, born-digital scholarship.

Danielle Mihram, Ph.D. University Librarian

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Danielle Mihram
Leavey Library, LVL114

Subject Specialties:
---Digital Humanities.
---Project building and leadership, Digital Humanities.
---French and Italian Languages and Literatures.
---Manuscript Studies.
---Voltaire and the Enlightenment.

Research Consultations:
By appointment - schedule by email.

Additional Related Research Guides

Fordham University Libraries: 

Medieval Studies, by Jeannie Hoag.

Medieval Book Facsimile and Manuscript Studies by Kevin Vogelaar and Vivian Shen.

Saint Louis University Libraries:

Medieval Trade and Travel, by Debra Cashion.

Medieval Vernacular Literature, by Debra Cashion,

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Incunabula at The Huntington by Stephen Tabor

USC Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts Project

Medieval Studies at USC

USC's Center for the Premodern World, opened in Fall 2019, "[...] creates space and offers resources for the study of cultures and civilizations, beginning with the earliest historical eras up to the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern world." 

USC's Early Modern Studies Institute (ESMI) "supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1840. The Institute's range is global."


Interesting faces in the Marginalia


GAULTERUS BURLAEUS (Walter Burley) Incipit libellus De vita et moribus philosophorum et poetarum,

USC Libraries Call # Z241 1477 .B96

How to Use this Guide

To facilitate both research and study, this guide includes many titles in our USC collections that are available online. However many of these titles are also available in print form. This information may be verified by consulting our online USC Libraries' Catalog.

  • If you are an instructor you can direct students to a specific page for a listing of pertinent primary sources and information for their course readings.
  • If you are a student you can browse individual pages to learn about existing significant research on a variety of topics, and also identify topics and sources for research projects or presentations.

For tips about Catalog searching, and how to find additional resources, take a look at: USC Libraries Search, Users' Guide, by Christal Young.

Use this recommendation request form to recommend a book, journal, CD, DVD or other resource that is not currently in the USC Libraries collections.

Dr. Melissa Miller, Head, Hoose Library of Philosophy

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Dr. Melissa Miller
Dr. Melissa L. Miller
Head, Hoose Library of Philosophy / Humanities Librarian

Research Areas of Interest:
Medieval Studies and Research; Manuscript Studies; Digital Humanities

Ongoing Digital Humanities Scalar Project

Dr. Danielle Mihram & Dr. Melissa Miller's ongoing Digital Humanities Scalar Project:

USC Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts

Our team of grant funded Information Specialists:

  • July 2021 - 2023: 
    • Stephanie Geller
  • July 2021 - June 2022:
    • Kathryn Brunet
  • July 2019 - June 2020:
    • Micaela Rodgers
  • June - November 2019:
    • Sabino Zonno

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