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Ancient and Medieval Manuscript Leaves collection

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 55
Identifier: MSP 136

Scope and Contents

The Ancient and Medieval Manuscript Leaves collection (30 B.C.E. – 18th Century; 0.5 cubic feet) contains leaves from Breviaries, Books of Hours, Antiphonaries, Bibles, an Anthology of Persian Poetry, Byzantine Music Notation, and a papyrus fragment.  Most of the leaves are vellum; however, a few of the leaves are paper.  The collection demonstrates a variety of medieval texts, languages, inks, and artistic styles.  This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.

Dates

  • 30 B.C.E. - 18th Century

Language of Materials

Collection leaves are primarily in Latin. Ancient Egyptian (Hieratic script), Persian, and Ancient Greek are also present.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Ancient and medieval manuscript leaves were typically once part of a larger text. The leaves in this collection come from a variety of regions, languages, and time periods.

Extent

0.50 Cubic Feet

Abstract

The Ancient and Medieval Manuscript Leaves collection contains leaves from Breviaries, Books of Hours, Antiphonaries, Bibles, an Anthology of Persian Poetry, Byzantine Music Notation, and a papyrus fragment.  The collection demonstrates a variety of medieval texts and artistic styles.  This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.

Acquisition Information

It is very possible Eleanore Cammack ordered these manuscript leaves from Dawson’s Book Shop. Cammack served as a librarian in the Purdue Libraries. She was originally hired as an order assistant in 1929. By 1955, she had become the head of the library's Order Department with a rank of assistant professor. Therefore, it would make sense for Cammack to have purchased these manuscripts during her time as the head of the Order Department in the Purdue Libraries.

Related Materials

MSP 137, Rare Book Leaves collection Collection of Tycho Brahe engravings Collection of British Indentures Palm Leaf Book

Processing Information

All of the manuscript leaves have been housed in individual acid-free folders and organized in chronological order in an acid-free box.
Title
Ancient and Medieval Manuscript Leaves collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Kristin Leaman
Date
2013-11-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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