Partners and digitized collections

DONum is a repository gathering digitized collections from several partners in the University of Liege. These services keep documents or objects whose historical, cultural, scientific or esthetical value is important. From several years, this heritage material is the subject of digitization campaigns. The digitized collections resulting from these can now be loaded on this portal, making them available online.

You will find below a description of the heritage collections kept in each partner service, and of their main digitization projects.

Artistic collections (Galerie Wittert)

The Artistic Collections of the University of Liege keep more than 60.000 art works, whose more than 25.000 come from the legacy of Adrien Wittert to the University in 1903. Beside an important collection of prints and drawngs, the Collections also keep paintings, sculptures, coins and medals, photographs, as well as African objects.

Started more than ten years ago, the digitization of these collections are now systematically accompanied by an inventory work. Nearly 25.000 works have been digitized:

  • Photographs;
  • Old drawings;
  • Prints and bookplates;
  • Coins and medals;
  • African objects.

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Embarcadère du Savoir ("Knowledge Landing Stage")

The "Embarcadère du Savoir" is a network for the diffusion of sciences and techniques in the University of Liege. Its different actors are the keepers of collections or partial collections from the University scientific heritage. They started to digitize these collections, whose some are now available on DONum. Among them:

  • Medical instruments (especially in gynecology – obstetrics, from 17th to 20th centuries;
  • Teaching instruments from the electrotechnical collection of Montefiore Levi (19th and early 20th centuries);
  • Collections in mineralogy and paleontology;
  • Teaching scientific models;
  • Botanical Brendel models (19th century);
  • Watercolours by Charles Morren, botany teacher at the ULg (19th century);
  • Various manuscript documents (Edouard van Beneden...)

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ULg Library

ULg Library, the network of libraries of the University, keeps among its collections more than 2 million of printed documents, including more than 500 incunabulae and several thousands of early printed books. Beside this, it also keeps an important manuscript collection.

From several years, these collections are subject to digitization projects focusing on specific themes, reflecting the diversity and richness of these collections. Among other:

  • Some medieval manuscript books, whose some are illuminated;
  • The incunabulae collection;
  • Old maps and plans, especially focusing on the local and regional areas;
  • Placards published in Liege during the Modern Times;
  • Printed books from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

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Collection of animal paleontology

The collection of animal paleontology of the University of Liege is one of the most important universitary collections in Belgium. It is extremely diversified, including, among others, fossiles of Carboniferous reef organisms (approx. 350 million years), remains of dinosaurs and giant marine reptils of the Cetacea (approx. 70 million years) or remains of a Neanderthal child discovered near Engis dating back several thousand years ago. Their digitization will make known the extent and interest of these collections and, hopefully, to help to unravel some mysteries of the prehistorical life's evolution.

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