GEMMS: Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons

Links to Manuscript Catalogues

General Databases of Archives and Manuscripts

Archive Grid Search (search multiple archives around the world, including North American archives):

Archives Hub (search over 300 UK archives):

Archives Wales (search multiple Welsh archives):

Irish Archives Resource Search (search multiple Irish archives):

The National Archives Search (includes other UK archives):

Scottish Archive Network Online Catalogue (search multiple Scottish archives):

Repositories’ Archives and Manuscript Catalogues

Not all of the following repositories are currently represented in the database, but all of them hold manuscript sermons. We will update the list as we investigate the collections of more repositories.


British Library, London: Archives and Manuscript Catalogue:

Bodleian Library, Oxford: Early Modern Manuscript Catalogues and Finding Aids:

Cambridge University Manuscripts: Janus: Catalogues of the Cambridge Archives:

Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives: Online Catalogue:

Dr Williams’s Library, London: Manuscript Handlists and Archives Hub:

Durham County Record Office: Online Catalogue:

Durham University Library: Special Collections Catalogue:

East Riding of Yorkshire Archives Service: Online Catalogue:

Essex Archives: SEAX, Essex Archives Online Catalogue:

Kent Archives and Local History Service: Online Archives Catalogue:

Lambeth Palace Library, London: Database of Manuscripts and Archives:

London Metropolitan Archives, London: Collections Catalogue:

Norfolk Record Office: Online Catalogue:

North Yorkshire County Record Office: Online Catalogue:

Northamptonshire Archives: Collections Catalogue:

Sheffield Archives: Online Catalogue:

Suffolk Record Office: Collections Search:

West Yorkshire Archive Service: Online Catalogue:


National Library of Ireland, Dublin: Sources Database (includes other Irish repositories):

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: eCatalogue:

Trinity College Library, Dublin: Manuscripts and Archives Research Library Online Catalogue:


The National Library of Wales, Catalogue of Archives and Manuscripts:

United States

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CN: Library Catalogs and Databases:

Massachusetts Historical Society Library, Boston, MA: Library Catalogs:

Yale University Library, New Haven, CN: Manuscripts and Archives Finding Aids and Catalogs:


University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, ON: Online Catalogue (search for manuscripts under format):

McMaster University Libraries, Hamilton, ON: Archives and Research Collections Search: