Our roots stem from what our parents and family members taught us, our traditions, and our cultural heritage. As the president of this wonderful institution, it is a special privilege for me to be an even small part of your dreams, and I thank you for that opportunity. Our goal at Highlands is to assist you in every way we can to build upon your roots and make your dreams come true.Strong roots sustain us throughout life and are the foundation for the future. Here at Highlands, we honor and respect the roots of all of our students and foster strong and tall branches. The faculty and staff of Highlands help make that happen by supporting you in your professional and personal endeavors and helping you develop important leadership skills to support whatever path you might take.Included in the collection are documents pertaining to the canonization of saintly figures, manuals for priests, confessionals, medieval university statutes, consilia, works and excerpts from the works of eminent medieval theologians such as St. Bonaventura, Issac of Nineveh, and Petrus Lombardus, historical tracts, a breviary with musical notation, and so on.The time-span covered by the more than two hundred and fifty manuscripts now in the collection is of approximately seven hundred years, with the oldest manuscript in the collection dated in the twelfth century and the most recent dated in the nineteenth.From roots grow branches, reaching outward and upward. We want our students to dream big dreams, set high goals, and achieve great and beautiful things. In some cases, we help you see life possibilities, new branches if you will, you have never considered nor thought about.
Accessing the Databases Unless otherwise indicated, the databases linked on this page are available only to current CUNY students and faculty.In addition, many manuscripts include papal, royal, and ambassadorial correspondence as well as writings by other prominent figures associated in some capacity with the Western Church in general and the Papal Court in particular; the collection also includes works (often of the size of short tracts) by lawyers and professors of law associated with various European academic centers.Many of the Robbins manuscripts are significant in terms of the structure, organization, and liturgy of various religious orders; others are diocesan cartularies, conciliar canons and decrees, accounts of papal and regional church administration, and the like.Manuscripts in the Robbins Collection cover a large variety of topics.Collecting efforts have been directed towards assembling a body of writings representative for the study of Roman and canon law, but many manuscripts are composite codices including articles that are more loosely related to the central concept of the collection.If you have any questions about the structure of the course, the grading systems, when papers are due, when tests will be given or anything else, this is the time to ask!