We processed about 69 films this week, working mostly on the Vatican library. Taking the lead in speed and efficiency was Vlad who became an experienced wrangler of large numbers of uncatalogued Vatican manuscript which were often piled onto one single film. He worked on Professor Ševčenko’s Vatican films and found several autographs by Nikephoros Gregoras. Roderick tackled with stoic equanimity a stack of films that no one had the strength or courage to face last summer, including some beautiful Armenian mss. from Holkham Hall and a still unidentified ms. which is a French translation (probably by Charles Texier) of an 1822 German work on describing Asia Minor at the Royal Institute of British Architects. I spent my time with the Barberini collection in the Vatican and with some of Professor Westerink’s films from the Beinecke Library.
We also had the opportunity to present and talk about our project with the staff, fellows and Greek summer school students on Friday from 2-3. We’ll be sharing some of that on the blog soon.
Repositories represented this week:
- Brussels, Koninklijke Bibliotheek
- Holkham Hall, Earls of Leicester Library.
- Manchester, John Rylands Library
- New Haven, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Thanks to all for a great week!