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Mason, John F.
John F. Mason Collection of Batak Manuscripts
Manuscripts Division
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46 items
Batak languages


Consists chiefly of Batak manuscripts of the ancient texts called pustaha, collected by John F. Mason.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection chiefly includes manuscripts of the ancient texts called pustaha. The subject-matter of the pustaha is confined to traditional medication, spells and charms, almanacs and dream interpretations. The manuscripts are in codex form, carved bamboo tubes, and in rolls housed in bamboo tubes. All of the items in this collection are undated but are probably 18th and 19th century.


This collection is organized by manuscript number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Mason, John F.

John F. Mason was a Princeton collector of Sumatran manuscripts.

Collection History


Gift of John F. Mason.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

John F. Mason Collection of Batak Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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