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History of Printing Resources in Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections offers a variety of resources pertaining to the history of printing. These include materials dating from the 14th to 20th centuries.


Housed in the Digital Media Repository, the Original Leaves from Famous Bibles collection of 60 Bible leaves, range from 1121 A.D. to 1935 A.D. The collection includes pages printed on both paper and vellum, examples of incunabula, illuminations, and a leaf from a 1611 King James Bible. Originally assembled by Otto Ege and Phillip Duschnes, the pages were acquired by the Library of Massachusetts Bible Society in 1948, and by Godspeed's Book Shop in 1978. The originals are available and may be viewed in Archives and Special Collections.

The Illuminated Manuscripts Collection, also available in the Digital Media Repository, provides online access to 15 leaves from several liturgical manuscripts ranging from the 11th to the 15th century.