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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton Collection of Syriac Manuscripts
Manuscripts Division
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1239-1900 (mostly 1600-1709)
7 Volumes and 1.5 linear feet
Syriac Arabic


Consists of an open collection of manuscripts written in the Syriac alphabet.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection contains manuscripts written in the Syriac alphabet, a writing system primarly used to write the Syriac language. Contents include a copy of the New Testament (Peshitta) dated 1239, prayer books, Maronite liturgy, and a collection of magical charms and prayers.


Organized numerically.

Collection History


Purchased from Bouwman Oriental Books in 2011 (2012-16).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

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

In 2022, restrictions on the materials were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

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:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184

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Related Materials

Princeton University has one other collection of Syriac manuscripts, the Robert Garrett Collection of Syriac Manuscripts (C0744.05, part of the larger Robert Garrett Collection).

Subject Terms:
Eastern churches -- Prayers and devotions.
Liturgy --Texts.
Magic -- Middle East.
Genre Terms:
Christian poetry, Syriac.
Manuscripts, Arabic.
Manuscripts, Syriac.
Prayer books.
Catholic Church
Church of the East