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Edward Kennard Rand Papers

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.


Repository: Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.

Call Number: Byzantine Studies/Rand, Edward Kennard

Location: Archives 058, Byzantine Studies, VF

Name of Creator(s): Mildred Barnes Bliss and Robert Bliss; Kurt Bühler, The Pierpont Morgan Library; Leslie W. Jones; Silva and Kirsopp Lake; Andrew D. Osborn, Harvard College Library.

Title: Edward Kennard Rand Papers

Inclusive Date: 1941–1946.

Language(s): English and Greek.

Quantity: 3 series in 16 folders



Acquisition Information: These papers came to the Dumbarton Oaks Archives at an unknown date.

Processing Information: These papers were inventoried by James N. Carder in 1999 and processed by Mary Ferranti and James N. Carder in 2013.

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Preferred Citation: Edward Kennard Rand Papers, Dumbarton Oaks Archives. Courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.



Edward Kennard Rand (1871–1945) was an American classicist and medievalist. He was educated at Harvard (B.S. 1894) and the University of Munich (Ph.D. 1900), and he taught at Harvard (1901–1942), where he was Pope Professor of Latin (1931–1942). Rand founded the Medieval Academy of America (1925) and the journal Speculum. At Dumbarton Oaks, Rand was a Senior Fellow (1943–1944) and a Research Scholar (1944–1945) in Byzantine Studies. In 1943–1944, the general Byzantine Studies research program was under the Direction of Rand and George La Piana.



The Edward Kennard Rand Papers contain his correspondence, notes, drafts, Photostats, galley proofs, and reprints.



Series 1: Correspondence and Miscellaneous.

Folder 1: Correspondents:

Mildred Barnes Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss (1941–1945).

Kurt Bühler, The Pierpont Morgan Library (1943–1945).

Belle da Costa Greene, The Pierpont Morgan Library (1944).

Meta Harrsen, The Pierpont Morgan Library (1943).

Leslie W. Jones (1944).

Silva and Kirsopp Lake (1944–1945).

Mary V. Lee, The Pierpont Morgan Library (1944).

Miscellaneous correspondence (1941–1945).

Andrew D. Osborn, Harvard College Library (1946).

Folder 2: Notes and Miscellaneous:

Notes: Miscellaneous.

Notes: Binding on Greek late 11th c. mss. Gospels, undated.

Notes: Evangelistarium graecum, manuscript on vellum, Sotheby & Co., lot 1, July 12, 1939.

Notes: Cruciform, undated.

Notes: Ruling a cross the double page, undated.

Notes: Width of inner margin (I), undated.

Notes: Ruling types, undated.

Notes: Illumination, undated.

Notes: Letters, undated.

Notes: Marginalia, undated.

Reprint: Silva Lake, “Michigan Manuscript 18 of the Gospels.  By William Merritt Read...”  Classical Philology 40, no. 1 (January, 1945):  56–58.

Reprint:  Silva Lake, “The Saturday and Sunday Lessons from Luke in the Greek Gospel Lectionary.  By Bruce M. Metzger…” Classical Philology 40, no. 1 (January, 1945):  61–62.

Reprint: Kirsopp and Silva Lake, “The Scribe Ephraim,” Journal of Biblical Literature 62, part 4 (1943):  263–68.

Series 2, Folder 3: Morgan Library Manuscript Notes and Photographs.

Notes: Morgan Manuscripts 340, 397, 423, 639, 647, 652, 692, 714, 748 (ca. 1938-1945).

Photostats: Typewritten notes regarding Morgan Manuscript 639 (ca. 1934).

Photograph: Ms. 340, folio 5v, The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Photograph: Ms. 423, folio 2, The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Photographs: Ms. 639, folios 271v, 280, and 323, The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Series 3:  Dumbarton Oaks Lectionary, Ms. gr. 1.

Folder 4: Notes.

Folder 5: Uncial.

Folder 6: Sigla.

Folder 7: Contents, Notes.

Folder 8: Contents:

Folder 9: Plates.

Folder 10: Introduction, galley proof.

Folder 11: First draft.

Folder 12: Draft.

Folder 13: Text and Notes, Final, Copy 1.

I. The Greek Gospel Lectionary at Dumbarton Oaks.

II. Previous History - Binding.

III. Summary Descriptions. The Dumbarton Book and three Lectionaries at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York.

IV. Detailed Description of D.

A. Gatherings and Signatures.

B. Arrangement of the Leaves and the Number Ruled at a Time.

C. Pin Pricks.

D. Leaves, Dimensions, Columns and Lines.

E. Margins.

F. Ruling Types.

V. The Script.

A. The Origin and Development of its Style.

B. Combinations.

VI. Illumination.

A. Ink.

B. Titles.

C. Ornamental Initials.

D. Picture-initials.

E. Marginal Pictures.

F. Bands and Frames.

G. One Artist or More?

H. The Perfect Gospel Lectionary.

VII. Characteristics of D.

A. Some of its Failings.

B. The Approximate Date.

VIII. Later Accretions.

A. The Hand in Vermillion.

B. The Hand in Black.

C. Tallow Tears.

D. Ailments and Cures.

Appendix. A Critical Text of the Greek Gospel Lectionary.


Folder 14: Text and Notes, Final, Copy 2.

Folder 15: Text and Notes, Final, Copy 3.

Folder 16: Lectionary Lecture, Notes and Photographs.