The Ethiopian Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections
Dates: 18th–20th centuries
Extent: 4 boxes (1.7 linear feet)
Language(s): Geez, English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Scope and Content

This is a constructed collection including Geez-language manuscripts from Ethiopia. Provenance notes are listed with the items below.



Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Bible. O.T. Psalms. Ethiopic--Manuscripts.

Bible. N.T. Ethiopic--Manuscripts.

Ethiopic language--Manuscripts.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

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 Ethiopian Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Geez manuscript of psalms (Ethiopia, circa 18th century). Gift of John H. Halbreath. From the Samuel M. Zwemer Collection.
1:2 Geez manuscript of psalms (Ethiopia, circa 19th century). Gift of Ms. Grace Pierson Curtis.
Box 2
2:1 Geez manuscript of devotions to Saint Michael (Ethiopia, circa 19th century). From the Samuel M. Zwemer Collection.
2:2 Geez manuscript of psalms (Ethiopia, circa 19th century). Gift of Henry S. Gehman.
Box 3
3:1 Carrying case for Geez manuscript from folder 2:2.
Box 4
4:1 Geez manuscript of the New Testament similar to the one presented to His Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I (Ethiopia, pre-1950). Gift of Donald Grey Barnhouse.
4:2 Letter to Dr. Kenneth Gapp (Seminary Librarian) from Donald Grey Barnhouse re his gift, and his visit with His Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I. (July 8, 1948)


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