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Collection Overview

Creator:
Willsie, Bruce C., 1957-
Title:
Bruce C. Willsie Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/td96k256w
Dates:
1700-1900
Size:
12 boxes, 2702 items, and 20.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (hsvm): Boxes 1-10; 12 Firestone Library (mss): Box 11
Language:
Geez Amharic

Abstract

Consists of an open collection of Ethiopic magic scrolls, chiefly dating from the 18th to 20th centuries, collected by Bruce C. Willise (Princeton Class of 1986).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of an open collection of Ethiopic magic scrolls, chiefly dating from the 18th to 20th centuries, collected by Bruce C. Willise (Princeton Class of 1896). This collection supplements the Ethiopic magic scroll holdings of the Garrett and Princeton Collections. Currently, there are 349 scrolls. Scroll #120 is unassigned.

Arrangement

Arranged by item number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Willsie

A member of the Princeton Class of 1986, Bruce C. Willsie is president of Labels & Lists of Bellevue, Washington. Willsie's other collecting interests include Ethiopic manuscripts and magic scrolls, historic maps, and nineteenth-century English manuscripts.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Bruce C. Willsie over a number of years in multiple accessions from 2003 to 2013.

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

The Library has recently cataloged or recataloged its Ethiopic manuscript collections with generous support from the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project, Princeton University, coordinated by the Council of the Humanities. This collection was cataloged by Professor David L. Appleyard, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The 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:

Bruce C. Willsie Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/td96k256w
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (hsvm): Boxes 1-10; 12 Firestone Library (mss): Box 11

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Related Materials

Princeton University Library has two other collections of Ethiopic magic scrolls: Robert Garrett Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls (C0944.04), which is part of the larger Robert Garrett Collection, and Princeton Collection of Ethiopic Magic Scrolls (C1296).

Bibliography

Ephraim Isaac, "Princeton Collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts," Princeton University Library Chronicle 42:1 (Autumn 1980), pp. 33-52. Richard Pankhurst, "Secular Themes in Ethiopian Ecclesiastical Manuscripts: V.: A Catalogue of Illustrations of Historical and Ethnographic Interest in Princeton University Library and Art Gallery," Journal of Ethiopian Studies 22 (November 1989), pp. 31-64. Don C. Skemer, "Princeton's Ethiopic Manuscript Collections at 100," Princeton University Library Chronicle 71:3 (Spring 2010), pp. 461-466.

Subject Terms:
Ethiopian magic scrolls.
Magic, Ethiopian.
Genre Terms:
Manuscripts, Ethiopic
Places:
Ethiopia -- History -- Sources.