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What is MEMDB?

The Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank is a project established at Rutgers University and originally cosponsored by the Research Libraries Group (RLG), Inc. Its aim is to provide scholars with an expanding library of information in electronic format on the medieval and early modern periods of European history, circa 800-1815 C.E.

MEMDB contains five large data sets, three pertaining to currency exchanges and two pertaining to prices:

  1. Currency Exchanges (Metz) contains monetary data from Rainer Metz, Geld, Währung und Preisentwicklung: der Niederrheinraum im europäischen Vergleich, 1350-1800 (Frankfurt am Main, 1990).

  2. Currency Exchanges (Mueller) contains monetary data supporting material presented in Reinhold C. Mueller, The Venetian Money Market: Banks, Panics, and the Public Debt, 1200-1500 (Baltimore, 1997).

  3. Currency Exchanges (Spufford) contains all currency exchange quotations compiled by Peter Spufford and published in his Handbook of Medieval Exchange (London, 1986).

  4. Prices (Metz) contains grain prices supplied by Rainer Metz and compiled for the printed edition of Dietrich Ebeling and Franz Irsigler, Getreideumsatz, Getreide- und Brotpreise in Köln, 1368-1797 (Köln, 1976).

  5. Prices (Posthumus) contains prices drawn from primary sources and published in Nicholaas Wilhelmus Posthumus, Nederlandsche Prijsgeschiedenis (Leiden, 1943).

Who is involved in MEMDB?

MEMDB is codirected by Prof. Rudolph M. Bell of Rutgers University and Prof. Martha C. Howell of Columbia University. It has three centers in Europe: at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands with Prof. Willem P. Blockmans, at the University of Leuven, Belgium, with Prof. Eddy van Cauwenberghe, and at the University of Cologne with Dr. Rainer Metz. Its advisory board includes these individuals along with J. H. A. Munro (University of Toronto), Edward Peters (University of Pennsylvania) and Peter Spufford (University of Cambridge).

A Web Interface to MEMDB

Originally, MEMDB was only available on CD-ROM. This version is available from the NISC corporation.

At Rutgers University, the Scholarly Communication Center (SCC) has developed and is maintaining this Web interface to MEMDB, which is accessible without restriction to the academic community and to the general public for research and educational purposes.

Who supplies MEMDB's data?

MEMDB's holdings principally come from databases donated by scholars. The Bank functions as an efficient means of publication for valuable work that is clumsy to publish in microform and expensive to publish in print. MEMDB also incorporates data via the optical scanning of published works (copyright permission obtained as necessary). When databases are incorporated, all of the original documentation is preserved, if appropriate. Background texts and source references are displayed on-screen using links to pertinent data items.

Researchers who are starting a project which ultimately may be suitable for MEMDB should consult with MEMDB in advance. Although MEMDB can accommodate sets of data sets produced using various software and programming packages, compatibility issues should be considered.

How to cite MEMDB?

Copyright to the Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank (MEMDB) is held by The Research Libraries Group, Inc., and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. (C) 1996 The Research Libraries Group, Inc., and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The retrieval software, database format, indexes, and arrangement of data are the property of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and may not be duplicated by any means. This web-site and any of the contents herein may not be used as part of any other web-site, online database, or commercial product.

Individuals may freely use, replicate, and rearrange the data itself for non-commercial scholarly research and teaching purposes. All we ask is the usual scholarly citation, both of the web-site itself -- as, for example, recommended in Online! A Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources, Andrew Harnack and Eugene Kleppinger (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997) -- and of the original data set donors. For instance:
Peter Spufford, "Currency Exchanges from Handbook of Medieval Currency Exchange" (London, 1987), in Rudolph M. Bell and Martha Howell, eds., "The Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank," Oct. 19, 1998, <http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/memdb> (Nov. 15, 1998)
(The elements of the citation, in order, are: (1) donor name, (2) donor title of publication, (3) editors of website, (4) title of website, (5) date website was last revised, (6) URL, (7) date user accessed website.)

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Home-Page Logo

Our home-page logo is a copy of Quentin Massys's Moneylender and His Wife (1503-1505). The original is at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Images were downloaded from The Web Gallery of Art.

How to Contact us?

Enquiries and comments may be addressed to Prof. Rudolph M. Bell