This topic is for collecting the major online resources relating to study of manuscripts in Pali. Most important are sites that make available the actual manuscripts, but other resources are also welcomed.
The original Pali canon written in the Sinhala script is at the British Museum.
Yet another collection of over 6000 texts has been taken from Sri Lanka. This collection is not only of relevance to Sinhalese Buddhist literature but more widely to the social and intellectual history of the later Theravadin tradition in Sri Lanka.
Originally over 6000 texts were taken from Sri Lanka to France. The present Neville Collection in the UK has 2000.
The first lot was taken by George Turner and the second lot by Hugh Nevill of the British Civil Service.
Obviously, anyone who cares about the Dhamma would want these back in Sri Lanka where it belongs.
Is there any new resources or developments in this direction as of late? I have recently became very interested in tracking down the locations of various historical manuscript attestations of the Pāli Canon.
Is it possible for SuttaCentral to house any manuscript collections directly? Or are the rights too difficult to obtain?
Listening to Suttas in two languages segment by segment is something I find extremely helpful to get a feeling for the language, and it may certainly complement a more systematic study (which in my case is still waiting for its occurrence… ).
One library of manuscripts in Thaton, Mon State, Myanmar has been recently digitalized and made available for general public.
You can download the catalog here A Catalog of Manuscripts.
The manuscripts can be downloaded from google drive UPT library .
Buddha sāsanaṃ ciraṃ tiṭṭhatu, bhante!
I have just realized that online is only a sample of the catalog, only few pages. If someone is looking for a particular manuscript, pm me, I will be happy to share the full catalog in private.