There are two primary works from which to start the search for the current whereabouts of Buxheim manuscripts. These are: Sigrid Krämer’s Handschriftenerbe des deutschen Mittelalters, vol. 1, 1989, 131-143 and Paul Ruf’s Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, vol. 3.1, Bistum Augsburg, 1932, reprint 1970, 81-101. These findings have been expanded considerably over the past 20 years with various catalog searches, and now with the help of the internet, new discoveries are being made regularly.
The following catalogs detail the library’s manuscript collection in several different ways. The first of these tables lists manuscripts according to the eighteenth-century shelf mark numbering system. So far, 169 manuscripts have been identified by this number on parchment labels affixed to the bottom of the binding’s spine, ranging from a red 3 to a final black 711. In general terms, the older manuscripts, that is pre-sixteenth century, received red numbers and the more recent, post-medieval manuscripts, mostly from the seventeenth century, were labeled with black numbers.
The next catalog is organized by the current location of each of some 450 manuscripts that have to this date been identified. Some descriptions are based on personal inspection, but most use the information currently available in various library catalogs, both in print and online. This has produced a catalog that in its present form is a mix of English and German entries.