Andi Johnson



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Portland State University Library's combined 1490 editions of the Fasciculus temporum and Malleus maleficarum contain over 150 individual marginal markings and notations. These marks have been made by numerous readers throughout the monograph's five-century lifespan.

This report accounts for efforts to construct a tool that would allow future students and scholars to visually compare and organize marks was needed before any in-depth analysis of readership could be made, describing the objectives, processes and applications that have defined its development. The tool that was needed was a visual database that enables the visual comparison of markings within the two texts. This document should act as a project summary and step-by-step guide for use and continued construction of this database.

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Cataloging and Metadata | History | Medieval History | Medieval Studies


This essay is part of a collaborative project between Samuel Barnack and Andi Johnson. Please see also Samuel Barnack, "Review, Introduction, and Preliminary Documentation of Marginalia in Portland State University’s Fasciculus Temporum/Malleus Maleficarum Sammelband" in this collection and linked as a supplemental file above.

This essay is a research project written for Professor John Ott's Spring 2022 Medieval History seminar on PSU Library Special Collections' Malleus maleficarum and Fasciculus temporum codex.

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Database of Marginal Notation in the PSU 1490 Codex: Objectives, Organization, and Continuation