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We have recently digitised many of the ‘legacy’ catalogues of our manuscript collections, and these are now available as searchable PDFs through Manchester eScholar, the University of Manchester’s Institutional Repository. Links to eScholar are provided below.

Many of the catalogues were published in the early decades of the twentieth century, and they reflect the scholarship and attitudes of the period. Eventually we hope to update many of the catalogues in accordance with modern metadata standards and scholarship, but for now we hope that the PDFs will suffice.

Thanks to Ben Green, Phil Butler and their teams in Digital Technologies and Services for facilitating this initiative.

John Hodgson

Arabic

Margoliouth, D.S., Catalogue of the Arabic Papyri in the John Rylands Library Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1933).

  • pp. 1-49. eScholarID:3o989
  • pp. 50-143. eScholarID:3o995
  • pp. 144-241. eScholarID:3o996
  • Plates 1-42. eScholarID:3o997

Mingana, A., Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1934).

  • Sections I – VI, cols. 1-332. eScholarID:3o998
  • Sections VII – XII, cols. 331-716. eScholarID:3o999
  • Sections XIII – Indexes, cols. 715-1192. eScholarID:3o988

Coptic

Crum, Walter E., Catalogue of the Coptic Manuscripts in the Collection of the John Rylands Library Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1909). 285 pp. eScholarID:4o977

Cuneiform

Bedale, C.L., and C.H.W. Johns, Sumerian Tablets from Umma in the John Rylands Library Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1915). 25 pp. eScholarID:4o976

Fish, T., Catalogue of the Sumerian Tablets in the John Rylands Library (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1932). 160 pp. eScholarID:4o973

Fish, T., Letters of the First Babylonian Dynasty in the John Rylands Library (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1936). 54 pp. eScholarID:4o972

Demotic

Griffith, F.LL., Catalogue of the Demotic Papyri in the John Rylands Library Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1909).

  • Vol. I, Atlas of facsimiles. 85 pp. eScholarID:4o993
  • Vol. II, Hand-copies of the earlier documents (Nos. I-IX). 42 pp. eScholarID:4o987
  • Vol. III, Key-list, translations, commentaries and indices. 469 pp. eScholarID:4o994

Greek

Hunt, Arthur S., Catalogue of the Greek Papyri in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, Volume I, Literary Texts (Nos. 1-61). (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1911).

  • Part 1: pp. 1-75. eScholarID:3o1001
  • Part 2: pp. 76-178. eScholarID:3o1000
  • Part 3: pp. 179-201 & Plates. eScholarID:3o986

Johnson, J. De M., Victor Martin, and Arthur S. Hunt. Catalogue of the Greek Papyri in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, Volume II, Documents of the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods (Nos. 62-456). (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1915).

  • Part 1: pp. 1-487. eScholarID:3o990
  • Part 2: Plates, pp. 488-510. eScholarID:3o1003

Roberts, C.H., Catalogue of the Greek and Latin Papyri in the John Rylands Library Manchester, Volume III, Theological and Literary Texts (Nos. 457-551). (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1938). 227 pp. eScholarID:4o991

Roberts, C.H., and E.G. Turner, Catalogue of the Greek and Latin Papyri in the John Rylands Library Manchester, Volume IV, Documents of the Ptolemaic, Roman, and Byzantine Periods. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1952). 217 pp. eScholarID:4o992

Latin

James, M.R., and Frank Taylor, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Latin Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1980).

  • Catalogue, pp. 1-328. eScholarID:3o980
  • Plates 1-188. eScholarID:3o979

Persian

Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Persian section, pp. 1-159. (Privately printed, 1898). eScholarID:3o10

Samaritan

Robertson, Edward. Catalogue of the Samaritan Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester. Volume I. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1962). 417 pp. eScholarID:4o970

Robertson, Edward. Catalogue of the Samaritan Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester. Volume II The Gaster Manuscripts. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1938). 326 pp. eScholarID:4o969

Miscellaneous

Leigh, Charles W.E., Catalogue of the Christie Collection Bequeathed to the Library of the University of Manchester, Section II: Manuscripts, pp. 461-9. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1915). eScholarID:3o975

Taylor, Frank, Supplementary Hand-list of Western Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1937). 49 pp. eScholarID:4o971