Goodspeed Manuscript Collection

Detail from Ms. 931, New Testament
Detail from Ms. 931, New Testament. Revelation (Elizabeth Day McCormick Apocalypse). Greg. 2402. Northern Greece or Balkan Peninsula? 17th century.

The Edgar J. Goodspeed Manuscript Collection comprises 68 early Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic, Armenian, Arabic, and Latin manuscripts ranging in date from the 5th to the 20th centuries. The acquisition of these hitherto unknown manuscripts was spearheaded by Edgar J. Goodspeed in the first half of the twentieth century in order to support new scholarship in the humanities.

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grants for Libraries - Building Digital Resources program, the University of Chicago Library is providing a unique digital resource based on this collection. All 68 New Testament manuscripts were digitized in their entirety and are presented with high-quality zoomable images through an interface that supports browsing within individual manuscripts and across the collection. The Goodspeed Manuscript Collection digitization continues the scholarly tradition of the Goodspeed Collection itself and will support new types of research and teaching made possible by digital technologies.

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