A dilligent researcher has created something amazing, and we're a small part of it. Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann compiled a catalogue of Greek Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the libraries of the United States. It is featured in the current issue of the journal Manuscripta (vol. 56 no. 1, 2012) published by the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University.
The section on Boston includes two items from our collection, as well as a number of materials from the Boston Public Library, BU School of Theology, Harvard Medical School's Countway Library, and the Mass. Historical Society. The descriptions of the Congregational Library Greek fragments are on pp. 69-76.
|Greek Gospel lectionary in
the S. Brainerd Pratt collection
|Greek Gospel lectionary
once owned by Elias Riggs
Both manuscripts date to around the 11th century, and were brought to the United States during the 19th century by missionaries who were stationed in the Middle East. They were passed on to other scholars and eventually found their way to our care in the 20th century. We are pleased that Nadezhda has helped us learn more about these documents and is increasing knowledge of them in the scholarly community.
You can subscribe to Manuscripta or order individual issues through Brepols Publishers. Print back issues for 1957-98 are available from the Vatican Film Library at $10 per issue.
photographs of manuscripts taken by Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann