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Parchment to Pixel: Creating a Digital Resource of Medieval Manuscripts
Robert Mintz, Walters Art Gallery

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Walters will use grant to digitize medieval manuscripts (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Tim Smith
Publication: Baltimore Sun
Date: 4/6/2010
Abstract: The prized collection of medieval manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum - about 38,000 pages - is heading out of its usual, controlled environment and into the light. The light of computer screens, that is. Thanks to a $315,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 105 medieval manuscripts from several centuries and cultures will be digitally photographed, cataloged and distributed during the next two and a half years. "This gives us the chance to make accessible, and for free on everybody's desktop, some of the greatest works of art from the Middle Ages [housed] in America, works that, until now, have never been seen," said Will Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters. "The most people see at the Walters from the manuscript collection is 20 images at one time." Free access to the images will be made available on The Walters' Web site,, "and other portals, like Flickr," Noels said. "People can use them as they want." That arrangemen

Walters Art Museum Receives Grant to Support Digitization of Manuscripts (Media Coverage)
Publication: Art Daily
Date: 4/8/2010
Abstract: BALTIMORE, MD.- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has granted the Walters Art Museum $315,000 for a 2 1/2 year project to digitize, catalog and distribute 105 illuminated medieval manuscripts. Representing diverse Byzantine, Greek, Armenian, Ethiopian, Dutch, English and Central European cultures, this project, entitled "Parchment to Pixel: Creating a Digital Resource of Medieval Manuscripts", will allow for the digitization of approximately 38,000 pages of ancient text and 3,500 pages of illumination. “The aim of this project is to allow access to the museum’s collections, free of charge, mirroring in the virtual world what the Walters has achieved at our physical location through free admission,” said Walters Director Gary Vikan. “This project further fulfills the museum’s mission to bring art and people together.” The resulting digital catalog and library of images will conform to internationally accepted standards and will be distributed to diverse audiences throu