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Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center Digital Resources

Guide to digitial collections and resources in Special Collections

Pre-1700 Digitized Manuscripts

The Goodspeed Collection of New Testament manuscripts comprises 68 Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic, Armenian, Arabic, and Latin manuscripts ranging in date from the 7th to the 19th century. The Library is creating high-quality digital images of each of the manuscripts in the collection.


The University of Chicago Library’s manuscripts of Le Roman de la Rose (The Romance of the Rose) and Le Jeu des échecs moralisé (The Moralized Game of Chess) were bound together, perhaps soon after they were created, and stayed together for over 500 years. In 1907 they were disbound and sent their separate ways. By bringing them back together, The University of Chicago Library has made it possible for scholars to study the two manuscripts together to learn about their shared origin and production history.