Vatican Film Library


The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library is a research collection for the study of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and the texts they contain. It is formed around a core collection of more than 37,000 microfilmed manuscripts from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, ranging in date from the fourth century AD through the seventeenth century and covering a broad spectrum of subjects. Among its outstanding manuscripts are some of the oldest copies of the Bible in Greek ( Codex Vaticanus ), the works of Virgil ( Virgilius Vaticanus and Virgilius Romanus ), illuminated manuscripts of Dante, works of medieval philosophers, theologians, historians, classical Latin and Greek authors, Renaissance humanists, and many more.

The Vatican Film Library contains copies of manuscripts from numerous other libraries and archives as well, and holds an extensive reference collection of works on paleography, codicology, illumination, text editing and transmission, manuscript catalogs, facsimiles, and other materials that support manuscript research. The Vatican Film Library serves fundamental research in the humanities.

The Vatican Film Library actively promotes scholarship in manuscript studies through its fellowship program, its annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, and its journal, Manuscripta.

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Department of Special Collections, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University 3650 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108