The Buddhist Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections
Dates: undated
Extent: 4 boxes (6.8 linear feet)
Language(s): Pali, Shan
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Scope and Content

This is a constructed collection of Buddhist manuscripts. It consists of ten works on palm fronds and two parabaits (folded paper books).



Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Palm-leaf manuscripts.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This is a constructed collection including Buddhist manuscripts of unknown and various origins. Provenance notes are listed with the items below. This collection was organized and the original finding aid was written in the spring of 1993, by Douglas F. Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited in March of 2009 by Sarah Seraphin.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Buddhist Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
- Eight sets of undated Buddhist sacred works on palm fronds, including a set labeled "Bali"; a set inscribed "To Mrs. J. Livingston Taylor, Buddhist sacred book used for many years by a Buddhist priest at a temple. Bangkok, Siam, Eugene P. Dunlop"; and a set inscribed "IV." This last set was likely presented to the Seminary by John R. Mott in May 1939. A note written by Samuel Zwemer indicates that a bronze or copper plate was used in printing the text.
Box 2
- Two sets of Buddhist sacred works in Pali on palm fronds.
Box 3
- Buddhist sacred book.
Box 4
- Shan Buddhist manuscript, presented by the Rev. A. C. Hanna.


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