Cataloging the largest of collection of Greek manuscripts in America


A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a comprehensive, fully illustrated catalogue of the largest collection of Greek manuscripts in America, including 110 codices and fragments ranging from the fourth to the nineteenth century. The collection, held in the Special Collections Research Center of the University of Michigan Library, contains many manuscripts from Epirus and the Meteora monasteries built on high pinnacles of rocks in Thessaly. Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann has based the manuscript descriptions on the latest developments in the fields of paleography and codicology, including the newest recommendations of the Institute for Research and History of Texts in Paris. The catalogue includes high-resolution plates of all the manuscripts, allowing researchers to compare the entries with other Greek manuscripts around the world. This catalogue contains a trove of fascinating information related to Byzantine culture that will be available for the first time to scholars working on various disciplines of the humanities such as Classical and Byzantine Studies, Art History, Medieval Studies, Theology, and History.
This is the first volume of a projected two-volume set. Volume 2, also by Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann, will contain descriptions of remaining Greek manuscripts in the Library’s collection, starting with Mich. Ms. 59 and ending with Mich. Ms. 238, for a total of 53 manuscripts and 8 fragments. Both volumes will have the same format – catalogue entries for each manuscript together with extensive illustrations.  The publication date for Volume 2 has not been established.
The publication of this book has been made possible through the generous support of Carl D. Winberg, MD.

Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann is an independent scholar.

Pablo Alvarez is Curator of the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Michigan Library.

"...the value of the new Michigan catalogue, which marks a major advance in the study of Greek manuscripts. Its second volume is eagerly awaited." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review


Finalist: College Art Association (CAA) 2020 Alfred H. Barr Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions

- CAA Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award