Early Manuscripts


Manuscript Short Title Catalog
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Library Catalog
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Ms564, etc.)

Finding Aids
Archives and modern manuscript collections related to the study
of early manuscripts

About the Early Manuscript Collections

The early manuscript collections include manuscripts from the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and early modern periods to 1700.  Among them are the Edgar J. Goodspeed papyri collection; the Goodspeed Manuscript Collection of New Testament and related liturgical and devotional texts; late medieval and Renaissance secular and religious texts, including books of hours and works of Boccaccio and Chaucer; the Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection of English Court and Manorial Documents; the Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Collection of Northern Italian Historical Documents; and commonplace books, musical scores, sermons, papal dispatches, poetry, and letters.

Related to these materials are archival records and faculty papers documenting two extended University of Chicago projects centered on early manuscripts:  the New Testament studies of Edgar Goodspeed and his colleagues in the Divinity School; and the Chaucer Canterbury Tales project led by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert.

Early Manuscripts Digital Highlights:

Goodspeed Manuscript Collection
Rose & Chess: Le Roman de la Rose & Le Jeu des échecs moralisé