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Arnamagnæan Institute

The Arnamagnæan Institute (Danish: Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, formerly Det Arnamagnæanske Institut) is a teaching and research institute established in 1956 to further the study of the manuscripts in the Arnamagnæan Manuscript Collection, the collection bequeathed by the Icelandic scholar and antiquarian Árni Magnússon to the University of Copenhagen in 1730.

On 1 July 2003 the Arnamagnæan Institute joined with the institutes for Danish dialectology (Danish: Institut for Dialektforskning) and onomastics (Danish: Institut for Navneforskning) to form The Department of Scandinavian Research (Danish: Nordisk Forskningsinstitut), part of the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Humanities.

The Arnamagnæan Commission (Danish: Den Arnamagnæanske Kommission), created in 1772, is the administrating body of the Arnamagnæan Foundation (Danish: Det Arnamagnæanske Legat, Latin: Legati Arnæ-Magnæani), the endowment from Árni Magnússon's private estate from which money was to be drawn for the publication of text editions and studies pertaining to the manuscripts in the collection.

The chief function of The Arnamagnæan Institute is to preserve and further the study of the manuscripts in the Arnamagnæan Manuscript Collection, in accordance with the terms of the Arnamagnæan Foundation, established in 1760. The collection, which comprises some 3000 items, is now divided between Copenhagen and Reykjavík. The Institute's academic staff, which at present number seven, are responsible for research and instruction in the areas of Old West Norse (Old Icelandic), Old Danish and Old Swedish, as well as Modern Icelandic and Faroese language and literature. Attached to the Institute there is a photographic studio and a conservation workshop, the former with two and the latter three full-time members of staff. The Institute publishes a series of scholarly monographs under the general title Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana and a series of critical editions of Old Norse/Icelandic texts, Editiones Arnamagnæanæ. The Institute also organises, together with Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, an annual summer school in manuscript studies, held alternately in Copenhagen and Reykjavík, and, together with the Danish Royal Library, an international seminar on the care and conservation of manuscripts, held in Copenhagen every 18 months.

The present head of the Arnamagnæan Institute and curator of the Arnamagnæan Manuscript Collection is M. J. Driscoll.

External links

  • Den Arnamagnæanske Samling (Danish)
  • International Seminars on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts
  • International Summer School in Manuscript Studies

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