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Arabic-language manuscripts

Arabic-language manuscripts at Houghton Library, circa 1000-1888: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Arabic-language manuscripts
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Arabic-language manuscripts at Houghton Library,
Date(s): 1000-1888.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (29 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Arabic and other languages.
Abstract: Arabic-language manuscripts formerly held in the Treasure Room of Widener Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

All this material was transferred from Widener Library to Houghton Library in 1942. In some cases, specific donor information is listed with the item.

Processing Information:

Much of this material still has the old Widener Library call numbers. As this material is recataloged into the Houghton classification, the item will be deleted from this list and will be found in OASIS and/or HOLLIS. While those with call numbers beginning MS (e.g. MS Arab 8) will retain those numbers, those with Widener classifications (e.g. 27271.37*) will be reclassified into the Houghton manuscript classes.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Biographical / Historical

The Widener Library manuscripts, both single codices and collections, have traditionally been called the "Old Widener" collections. As time and resources permit, they are being recataloged.


Arranged alphabetically by author or main entry.

Scope and Contents

This list does not represent all the Arabic-language manuscripts held at Houghton Library.

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