- Call number
- MssCol 2301
- Physical description
- 82 linear feet (8 boxes, ca. 400 v.)
- Preferred Citation
- Oriental manuscripts collection, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.Restrictions apply
Collection consists of examples of indigenous manuscripts from Asia, Europe and Africa. Some are transcriptions of classical or religous texts, including copies of the Koran, the Bible and Buddhist texts. Also included are dictionaries and commentaries on religious and literary subjects, as well as soothsayer books and amulets to ward off evil spirits. Manuscripts are written on many different materials, such as stone, bark, palm leaves, vellum, and hand-made paper. Many are in their original bindings and several are accompanied with traditional wrappings, covers, boxes, and items connected with their ceremonial use. While some are illuminated, most of the manuscripts were chosen as scholarly examples of calligraphy and bookmaking.
Source of acquisitionGift, purchase, Various
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Selected manuscripts may not be reproduced without permission of Curator of Manuscripts
Some manuscripts may be too fragile for use; microfilm must be used where available.