Houghton Library

Early Books & Manuscripts Collection


Overview

The Early Books & Manuscripts Collection includes material dating from approximately 3000 BCE to 1600 CE and ranges from papyri to early and illuminated manuscripts to early printed books. While there is an emphasis on Western languages and cultures, the collection is also strong in Arabic, Indic, Persian, and Syriac manuscripts. Materials in the collections are consulted in the Houghton Library Reading Room.

  • E-mail the Early Books & Manuscripts Collection for information about the collections, permissions, and programs.
  • E-mail the Reference Desk for information regarding access and use of the collections.
  • Contact information is available in the Houghton Staff Directory.

Papyri at Houghton Library

The Houghton Library’s collection of papyri was acquired between 1901 and 1909 thanks to a donation from the Egypt Exploration Fund, London. Most of the papyri come from Oxyrhynchus and are an extremely interesting set of primary sources for the study of antiquity, in particular Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. Digital Papyri at Houghton Library is a special section on this site that provides strategies for searching Houghton's papyri as well as links to bibliographies related to these materials that were compiled by the Library.


Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library

The Houghton Library’s distinguished collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts represents a significant resource for the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Western Europe. Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library is a special section on this site that provides strategies for searching Houghton's medieval manuscripts as well as links to bibliographies related to these materials that were compiled by the Library.

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