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Ancient and Medieval Manuscript Leaves collection

 Collection — Box: 1 Box
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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

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.  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.  During the 1940s and 1950s, many research libraries collected ancient and medieval manuscript leaves, as librarians believed it strengthened the importance of their libraries.  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.

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Extent

0.50 Cubic Feet

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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.

Method of Acquisition

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.

Existence and Location of Originals

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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
Author
Kristin Leaman
Date
11/06/0013
Description rules
aacr
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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