Welcome to the Moody Library Special Collections. Our library holds a widely diverse range of materials spanning from 4th century to modern day. Whether you are a looking for a unique source for a paper or researching a topic, the librarians of the special collections would love to help! Check out our webpage for additional information. MLSC webpage
How do I find materials?
Most of our rare materials are cataloged and can be located in the library's online discovery resource, OneSearch located on the libraries main page: https://www.baylor.edu/lib/
The best way to find materials is to do your search in OneSearch, and then limit your results by the Library "Moody Library Spec Coll" or any other special collections you are interested in searching.
If you need to check on terms, we've put together a glossary for you.
Beth Farwell has kindly placed a number of pictures of these manuscripts into a special site for our class.
The main concept you miss in an online version is the sheer size of these Bibles. Why were they so big? Many times these were commissioned for royalty, and the size 'gave a nod' to the importance of the owner. They were also presented at grand events like coronations or victories. One of our library's Bibles not featured in your stations is called the Macklin Bible. It consists of 7 volumes weighing well over 100 lbs. together. Don Ward took this picture for you to show size.
Check out this image from a blog post by Jenny Weston who works on a project out of the University of Leiden. https://medievalfragments.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/size-matters-part-2-giant-medieval-manuscripts/