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Garrett, Robert, 1875-1961
Robert Garrett Collection of Syriac Manuscripts
Manuscripts Division
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23 Volumes
Syriac Arabic


Consists of a collection of 23 manuscripts written in the Syriac alphabet.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection contains 23 manuscripts written in the Syriac alphabet, a writing system primarly used to write the Syriac language. Contents include partial copies and fragments of the Bible (Peshitta), Biblcal commentaries, prayer books, collections of magical charms, and other religious texts.


Organized numerically. The original collection contained 15 manuscripts, one of which (no. 12) was transferred to the Princeton Papyri Collection. Three manuscripts which were shelved as Garrett Garshuni (Arabic written in Syriac script) were added to the collection in 2011 as nos. 16-18. Six manuscripts which had been donated by Garrett as part of the Islamic Manuscripts, Littman series, were added in 2011 as nos. 19-24.

Collection Creator Biography:

Garrett, Robert, 1875-1961

Robert Garrett (1875-1961) was an American banker and philanthropist. Garrett (Princeton class of 1897) was also an Olympic athlete, Princeton Charter Trustee, and a collector.

Collection History


Gift of Robert Garrett in 1942 .

Custodial History

Previously owned by Robert Garrett (1875-1961), Princeton Class of 1897.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Denise Soufi in 2011. Finding aid written by Denise Soufi in 2011.

During 2022, restrictions on this collection were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Robert Garrett Collection of Syriac Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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