We need help from four kinds of scholars:

  • Emendatores: Scholars who notice errors of any kind and will kindly set us right.
  • Scrutatores: Scholars who will survey (or recheck) particular collections for manuscripts that need to be added to this bibliography.
  • Lectores: Scholars who will read single manuscripts to obtain specific information about particular texts.
  • Scriptores: Specialist scholars who will compose short introductions to particular chronicles or chroniclers.

Contributions of the first three kinds will be acknowledged at the end of the bibliography; scriptores will be acknowledged as well at the end of their introductions.

The accuracy of these citations is of course of primary importance. This means not only that scholars must take great care in the collection and transmission of information to prevent simple mistakes with letters and numbers, but must take information only from reliable sources. The most reliable source, short of the manuscript itself, is the copy of the catalog maintained at the holding library, since such copies sometimes contain notations, corrections, or additions not found elsewhere. A high degree of reliability may also be presumed in current editions of published catalogs and in post-war editions of chronicles by respectable sources. In general, nineteenth century sources like Potthast’s Bibliotheca Historica or the early editions of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica or the Patrologia Latina, though they often provide valuable starting points for a search, should be used with caution, as their lists of manuscripts are now often out-of-date.

As far as possible, all citations should be verified by visits to or correspondence with the holding library, so that the library staff can confirm that the listing is accurate and in the format they use.

Scholars who are able to examine particular manuscripts should record, if possible, the information that will be needed for the printed version:

  • the folios on which the chronicle appears.
  • the opening and closing lines (enough text to allow readers to be certain of the identity and the extent of the chronicle).
  • any obvious gaps in the text.
  • the particular version of the chronicle.

The Repertorium is directed by Professor Dan Embree at Mississippi State University.

English Department
Mississippi State University
PO Drawer E
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Phone: 662-325-2353
Fax: 662-325-3645
E-mail: sothsegger@comcast.net

Scholars wishing to participate may simply contact me to provide corrections or to let me know what chronicle or library they would be willing to work on.