Manuscript Archives

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Columbia University Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)


"APIS links together in a single environment various sources of information about texts written on papyrus and the society that produced them. It contains descriptions of the papyri and other written materials in the collections of the participating institutions, digital images of many of these texts, and connections to databases with the texts themselves in their original languages and with bibliography about the texts. Many of the descriptions include full translations into English. The user can move back and forth among text, translation, bibliography, description, and image. With the specially-developed APIS Search System many different types of complex searches can be carried out."

Duke Papyrus Archive (Duke University)  

The Geniza Browser (Princeton University)


"The Computer Geniza Project of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University seeks to extend the methodologies available to Hebrew and Arabic scholars working with the documents found in the Geniza chamber of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo in the late 19th century.

The project is dedicated to transcribing documents from film copies to computer files, creating a full text retrieval text-base of transcribed documents, developing new tools such as dictionaries, semantic categories and morphological aids to further the study of Geniza texts.

Finally, the project is committed to disseminating its materials as widely as possible to the international community of scholars with an interest in the life of the medieval Middle East, as well as to all with an interest in Judaica.

It is our hope that by making materials from this very esoteric field widely available that new insights can be gained into the interaction of the peoples of the Middle East in past time."

Project Director: Middle East Medievalists MEMber Prof. Mark R. Cohen (Princeton University)

The Genizah On-line Database (GOLD) (Cambridge University)  

"This database contains selected Genizah material. The material includes cataloguing, bibliographical details, and digital images of fragments."

Project Director: Prof. Stefan Reif (Cambridge University)


Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine (Washington, D.C.)


"Here you can learn about Islamic medicine and science during the Middle Ages and the important role it played in the history of Europe. This site, with its biographies, colorful images, and extensive historical accounts of medieval medicine and science is designed for students and everyone interested in the history of Islamic and European culture.

For students, the site includes an extensive glossary of medical, scientific, and book-production terminology linked to the text.

For advanced scholars, the site provides a catalogue raisonné (including images) from the 300 or so Persian and Arabic manuscripts in the National Library of Medicine. Most of these manuscripts deal with medieval medicine and science and were written for learned physicians and scientists. Some of the manuscripts are richly illuminated and illustrated."

Project Director: Dr. Emilie Savage-Smith (Oriental Institute, University of Oxford)


Princeton University Library Papyrus Collection

Shahnama Project (Princeton University)  

"This website contains an archive of book paintings, more commonly known as Persian Miniatures, that were created to illustrate scenes from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama, or Book of Kings. The Shahnama is a poem of some 50,000 couplets that was composed by Abu'l Qasim Firdausi over a period of several decades in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. The core database of this site is a fund of 277 illustrations from five illustrated manuscripts of the Shahnama that are housed in Princeton University's Firestone Library. These manuscripts date from 1544 to 1674 AD, and vary a good deal both in the number and quality of paintings each contains, and in the scenes chosen for illustration."

Project Director: Prof. Jerome W. Clinton (Princeton University)

The University of Michigan Papyrus Collection  

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