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Research Services | CORSAIR: Online Collection Catalog
CORSAIR, the Morgan's online collection catalog, is available on the Web.
Named after Pierpont Morgan's yacht, CORSAIR is a single database providing unified access to over 250,000 records for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare and reference books, literary and historical manuscripts, music scores, ancient seals and tablets, drawings, prints, and other art objects. About 95 percent of the Morgan's holdings are represented in the catalog. Records continue to be added for the balance of the collection as well as for new acquisitions.
The depth of detail is unusual for an online catalog. Many records include summaries of the content of individual letters, lengthy notes about provenance, and detailed descriptions of bindings. Specialized indexes enable researchers to find all of the Morgan's holdings associated with a given name, date, or place. For example, with a single search a scholar interested in Dickens can find records for manuscripts and letters in the author's hand, early printed editions of his novels, original illustrations, photographs, and personal possessions such as Dickens' ink pot and cigar case.
CORSAIR also serves as the gateway to one of the largest repositories of medieval images on the Internet, providing links to more than 15,000 digitized images from the Morgan's collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Users may page through every illustrated leaf within a manuscript, or search for individual images by place or date of creation, artist's name, illustration type, and subject.
As we continue to revise and to upgrade the records, we welcome corrections and comments from the research community.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Arcana Foundation, The Alice Tully Foundation, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Booth Ferris Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, IBM Corporation, Fay and Geoffrey Elliott, The Achelis Foundation, The New York Times Company Foundation, and others in making CORSAIR possible. Major underwriting from The Homeland Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust is supporting the medieval manuscript digitization project.