Digital Scriptorium (DS) is a consortium of American libraries and museums committed to providing cross-institutional digital access to their collections of pre-modern manuscripts.

To enhance access and appreciation of historically significant but often understudied manuscript materials.

To fulfill our mission DS commits to the establishment of a digital union catalog that will:

  • provide bibliographic descriptions according to recognized standards of practice;
  • include images that complement, expand, and correct verbal descriptions;
  • facilitate searches that provide answers, provoke questions, and invite collaboration;
  • create a community of scholars, librarians, curators, and other citizen-scholars for the purpose of sharing the scholarship and expertise of the collections, the academy, and cultural heritage communities;
  • support open access to works in the public domain.

DS is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. We are grateful to VLAA for pro-bono advice regarding governance and financial management.