Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Chappell!

Detail of graphic describing a parade formation of a battalion consisting of four companies, from Articles of War for Francesco I (1708-1765) Holy Roman Emperor, Grand Duke of Tuscany (Florence, 1739)

On behalf of the University of Michigan Library, we would like to express our gratitude to Samuel L. Chappell (B.S. 1969) and Roberta J. Chappell (B.S. 1967) for their generous gift that allowed us to acquire a manuscript and an early printed book for our military history collection. Since their graduation from the U-M, Sam and Bobbie have kept in touch with the Library in various ways, including generous donations to advance our academic mission.

Douglass Day 2021 Recap: Celebrating and Preserving Black History

On Friday, February 12th, the U-M Library hosted its third annual Douglass Day celebration in honor of Frederick Douglass, 19th century American abolitionist, author, and orator. This year the event highlighted the life, legacy and work of Mary Church Terrell with a lecture from Dr. Shelley Haley followed by transcription, digital art-making, and socializing over baked goods!

Textual Editing and Criticism: Principles and New Perspectives. Third Session of a Series of Virtual Encounters on Book History

Folio 16r from Mich. Ms. 160. Horace (65-8 BC). Ars Poetica & Epistulae. Parchment. Italy. 15th c. Examples of additions and corrections, very probably added  by the scribe who copied this manuscript

We are very pleased to invite you all to the third session of a series of virtual encounters on various aspects of book history. On this occasion, our webinar is devoted to textual editing and criticism. Our speakers will discuss innovative approaches to digital technology and scholarship in the edition of literary texts, ranging from Chaucer to James Joyce.

New Publication by the U-M Press: A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Segment showing a large colored initial, tau, in the shape of an imaginary winged creature with blessing hands and numerous eyes. Fol. 111v  from Mich. Ms. 28. Gospel Lectionary. <Epiros>, s. xiii–xiv, with underlying text of the Old Testament: fragments from Genesis, Proverbs, and Isaiah. s. xi

I am very excited to announce the publication of the first volume of a two-volume catalog describing the extensive collection of Greek manuscripts at the University of Michigan Library. Authored by Dr. Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann, this fully illustrated catalog describes the largest collection of Greek manuscripts in America, which consists of 110 codices (bound manuscripts) and fragments ranging from the fourth to the nineteenth century.

Special Collections After Hours: Winter 2021 Events

Poster listing the After Hours events for the winter semester of 2021

We are very excited to re-launch online our open houses in the Special Collections Research Center! As part of the After Hours series, we have arranged an extraordinary line-up of events for the Winter Semester. Before the pandemic, on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year, we organized physical displays of themed selections from our collections. Now we are committed to continue this tradition of open houses in the virtual world. All are welcome to join us from the comfort...

A New Online Exhibit from Special Collections: Sacred Hands

Mich. Ms. 22, detail of fol. 83v. The Evangelist Mark, from a Book of Gospels Greece, end of tenth-beginning of eleventh century; miniatures: beginning of twelfth century

We are pleased to announce the launching of a new online exhibit: "Sacred Hands." This virtual display highlights an extraordinary selection of manuscripts containing the sacred texts of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It includes manuscripts that are highly treasured for their textual and artistic value, such as a tenth-century Torah, the earliest known papyrus of St. Paul's Epistles, early illuminated Byzantine manuscripts of the Four Gospels,...


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