A manuscript is the recording of information that has been manually created. The word manuscript is derived from the Latin manu scriptum, meaning "written by hand." In the Islamic world and the West, all books were in manuscript until the advent of movable type and the printing press in the latter part of the 1400s.
The traditional abbreviations are MS for manuscript and MSS for manuscripts.
Reproducing manuscripts digitally creates convenient access to the rich collections found in the selected databases listed on this page.
University of Victoria Special Collections houses a significant number of medieval manuscripts, which may be used by students.