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Catalogue of Greek Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Collections of the United States of America

Nadezhda F. Kavrus-Hoffmann, Glenmont, NY, Fellow 2007/08

During my four-month fall fellowship term I made considerable progress on my Catalogue of Greek Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Collections of the United States of America. Specifically, I accomplished the following:

  1. Researched and wrote final catalogue entries for Part Ⅳ, "The Pierpont Morgan Library, Greek manuscripts M.340–M.647," to be published in Manuscripta 52:1 (2008).
  2. Researched and wrote draft catalogue entries for Part Ⅴ, "The Pierpont Morgan Library, Greek manuscripts M.652–M.874," to be published in Manuscripta 52:2 (2008).
  3. Researched and wrote an innovative article, "Two Solar Eclipses and the Date and Localization of the Kerasous Gospels from the Pierpont Morgan Library," to be published in Nea Rhome (2008).
  4. Visited the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, discovered two manuscripts that have never been catalogued before, and did all necessary research for catalogue entries of these manuscripts.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library was invaluable for my research. For example, new albums of sacred objects included manuscripts from St. Catherine Monastery in Sinai, Vatopedi and Protaton monasteries in Mount Athos, and Byzantine Calabria, and such sources helped me to date, localize, and identify scribes or artists in manuscripts from American collections. New albums of watermarks included R. Stanković, Filigranoshki Opis I Album (Sofia, 2006), which I could not find in any other library and which helped me to date several manuscripts more precisely. And, in addition to Dumbarton Oaks' many rare books and journals, its fine collection of microfilms of Greek manuscripts and new manuscript scanner were very useful.

I have accepted a one-year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (beginning July 1, 2008), which will enable me to continue the long-term project I worked on during my stay at Dumbarton Oaks.

 

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Byzantine Studies Fellows, 2007/08