A Research Seminar Website

Funded by:

Das Multiplikatoren-Programm, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich



This project emerged out of a MA-Seminar and is dedicated to manuscript hunting and, in particular, to the agents behind this enterprise: the great Manuscript Hunters. We try to understand what purpose the Manuscript Hunters’ travels served, which networks and modes of patronage they could rely on. Above all, however, we are
interested in the first-hand stories, the scandals, as well as the forgotten archive material that can help us reconstruct their biographies and the impact their finds have had on scholarship.

For the first two years of the project, we cooperated with the Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung, Stuttgart, who artistically brought to life some of the comical and poignant scenes in which the manuscript hunters found themselves. The members of the Manuscript Hunters provided texts, containing central stories to
the project. Each story gave the students of illustration the opportunity to set and elaborate different illustrative focuses. The basis for this – in addition to the texts provided – was their own research and the expansion of their individual possibilities of expression through technical experiments.

The results of our work are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Team members