The Illuminated Manuscript Collection consists of six color illuminated manuscripts and one color informational guide. This
collection is arranged in one series: Series I: Illuminated Manuscripts, 1315 - c. 19th or 20th century.
The word "manuscript" comes from the Latin words "manus" (hand) and "scriptus," from scribere (to write). Today the word
"manuscript" is used to describe any hand written text. The word "illumination" derives from the Latin verb "illuminare"
(to adorn), which refers to hand-painted decorations on the manuscript. Many colors were used to decorate manuscripts, such
as silver, gold, and other precious metals. Illuminations also decorate letters, borders, and figurative scenes, which is
known as a miniature.
Copyright is assigned to the San Jose State University Special Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Special Collections and Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the
original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.