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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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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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