Special Collections After Hours: Reading the Object

transmitted light view of a piece of paper with three crescents and lines visible behind Coptic calligraphy in black and red ink

Tre lune watermark in Mich. Ms. 197, fragment from a Bohairic Coptic lectionary

Join us on Tuesday, 12 February, for our next After Hours event! This month we'll explore the materiality of books and manuscripts with a session on "Reading the Object"

Our first encounters with manuscripts and other documents are typically taken up with reading, deciphering, and admiring their contents. Nevertheless, these documents are also physical objects with material properties that can be “read” along with the words and images they carry. Together these properties comprise a record of human efforts and intentions across time and space that inform us on how the document was produced, used, appreciated, and even refashioned.

The open house will be held in the Special Collections Research Center on the 6th floor of Hatcher South. All are wecome to drop by any time between 4 and 7 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

This is our second open house of the semester, and there's plenty to look forward to-- including materials about early astronomy, and marijuana. Check out this blog post for the full schedule.

We hope to see you there!