August 15th marked the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. Coincidentally, August also brought a visit from Dr. Peter H. Dana who had the distinct pleasure of conducting research about the canal in his grandfathersâ papers. Housed in the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections, The Allston Dana...
Posters From Our Fall Exhibit: "Around the World in 80 Books"
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:07:56 EST
The Scholarly Resources and Special Collections team collaborated on an exhibit this fall entitled "Around the World in 80 Books", a presentation of travel-related books and manuscripts in accord with the 2013 Octavofest Travel theme. Over the past year or so the team has experimented with selection and display of...
If asked, many people would define a library as a building that houses books. While this is an adequate description, many people donât realize the sheer amount of personnel, knowledge and work needed in order to keep a library running smoothly, efficiently, and into the future. Books donât magically...
Preserving Your Travel Journal/ Octavofest, 2013 at Kelvin Smith Library
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:00:35 EST
Following a short summary of this yearâs Octavofest events at Kelvin Smith Library, this blog provides tips from a conservator on how to preserve your paper-based travel journal(s). Kelvin Smith Library supports and actively participates in Octavofest, a multi-institutional yearly celebration of book and paper arts unique to Cleveland, Ohio....
"Nothing is worth printing that is not worth printing well, accurately, beautifully; yet with simplicity and at moderate cost, so as to be within the reach of everyone" was the belief expressed by the private publisher Thomas Bird Mosher of Portland, Maine. Active during the years of the private press...
Barclay Leathem and the National Theatre Conference
Fri, 17 May 2013 16:29:43 EST
Barclay S. Leathem began teaching in the English Department at Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1921 while a law student. (He received his law degree in 1924.) He moved to the Speech Department in 1927 to teach the first theatre classes at WRU. Barclay Leathem in the classroom, Western Reserve...
Frederic McConnell and the National Theatre Conference
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:53:23 EST
The post-World War I era saw a number of significant changes in the national professional theatre dynamic, most notably the end of road company empires, the rise of motion pictures, and the collapse of the big stock companies. At the same time came the rise of the non-commercial theatre in...
The rare book holdings include one of the most beautiful color seashell books ever published, Conchology, or, The natural history of shells, by George Perry, which appeared in 1811. In the opening paragraph of his Introduction he states: "The study of Shells or testaceous animals, is a branch of...
The Womenâs Committee of the Cleveland Play House was founded to further the interests of the Play House, initially serving as liaison between the theatre and the public. The first Womenâs Committee meeting was held in the Brooks Theatre in May 1932 at the request of the Board of Trustees....
Restoration of Charles W. Wason's "Letters of a Trip Around the World"
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:34:43 EST
Working in a Preservation Department of a university library is a challenging and rewarding job. One of the most enjoyable activities involved with this profession is the conservation of rare and historic bindings. I recently had the opportunity to restore the damaged binding for a unique book with ties...
Our postings on the great publishers and printers continues with the house of Elsevier. The Elseviers were a Dutch family of printers, publishers and booksellers who flourished in Holland for over one hundred years from about 1585 until 1712. They were one of many fine printing establishments that conducted...
Samples from The Kelvin Smith Library Bookplate Collection
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:57:52 EST
Special Collections is the repository of a collection of over 5,000 bookplates from a handful of collectors who pursued that fascinating hobby. Begun with a gift in memory of their daughter Lucia to Western Reserve University by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lemperly in 1917 the collection continued to grow through...
Though the Cleveland Play House struggled early on to find itâs financial and managerial footing, there was never a lack of artistic talent available to produce first class promotional material for a wide variety of productions each season. By 1922, the number of hand-drawn programs and playbills had been augmented...
Our processing efforts received a boost this summer through the work of three students, Mike Muth, Michael Wilson, and Char'ta Cleggett. Michael and Char'ta were part of University Circle, Inc's Future Connections program, a summer internship program for rising high school seniors. Mike joined us as an intern in Kent...
Small scale disaster recovery, or: the KSL Disaster Plan Works Again!
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:35:43 EST
The Preservation Department of Kelvin Smith Libraryâs Scholarly Research and Special Collections team received the phone call on Wednesday, June 13th, a perfectly normal day. Workmen on the roof were performing maintenance on an air-conditioning unit when suddenly a water pipe burst, sending water cascading through the ceiling and onto...
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Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) acquired the eleven papyrus manuscripts in 1906/1907 from the Egypt Exploration Fund. After a period of excavations and discoveries under the direction of Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt around the turn of the century, selected universities were given small collections for study and research.
None of our fragments are "new classics," or documents leading to great discoveries regarding the life of the times on which they were written. They are valuable chiefly as examples of writing in their respective periods. Hibeh Nos. 147, 123, 108, and 59 are among the oldest Greek manuscripts extant (the oldest dates from 270 B.C.). Oxyrhynchus 737, as an example of Latin writing in manuscripts, is probably the second in age only to a papyrus in the Vienna library of the date 17-14 B.C.
The descriptions are paraphrased from "Western Reserve Papyri" by Henry B. Van Hoesen, Western Reserve Literary Bulletin v.16 #4, May, 1913.
Examples from the Oxyrhynchus Site:
Oxyrhynchus 748: Homer's Iliad 1, 107-116 (End of Lines)
Homer's 'The Iliad'; writing along the fibers. 1, 107-116 (end of lines). Discovered at Oxyrhynchus in 1903.
Homer's The Iliad; writing along the fibers. 4, 87-96 (fragmentary). Discovered at Oxyrhynchus in 1903. Corrections in a second hand.
Oxyrhynchus 1003: Part of a Receipt
Part of a receipt; writing across the fibers. Discovered at Oxyrhynchus in 1897. The text which follows has been in part conjecturally supplied by means of comparison with other receipts concerning the same parties and commodities. Translation: "Paid by Apollos worker in lead to [Georgios?] for repairing the copper utensils of the property of Meskanounis, eight pounds of lead and four pounds of tin. Total 8 pounds of lead and 4 pounds of tin only."(Henry B. Van Hoesen)
Sophocles' Antigone; writing along the fibers. Lines 242-246. Discovered at Oxyrhynchus 1897-1906.
Oxyrhynchus 956: Homer's Odyssey 23, 309-326 (Omitting Line 320)
Homer's Odyssey 23, 309-326, omitting line 320, which is bracketed as spurious in most editions of the Odyssey. Discovered at Oxyrhynchus in 1897. Published in Oxyrh. Pap. 6, no. 956. One jointure. Writing along the fibers in two columns 2.8-3.5 cm. apart.
Oxyrhynchus 750: Homer's Iliad 2, 57-73 (Parts of Lines)
Homer's The Iliad 2, 57-73 (parts of lines). Writing along the fibers. Discovered at Oxyrhynchus in 1903.
Oxyrhynchus 737: Account of Wages
Three fragments (a) 21 x 12 cm. Two jointures. (b) 22.2 x 25 cm. Two jointures (c) 15 x 9.5 cm. Writing along the fibers. Account in Latin of wages-paid from day to day to "weavers," "hired persons," and a "foreman." (Henry B. Van Hoesen). Approximate date, time of Augustus (27 B.C. to 14 A.D.). Discovered at Oxyrhynchus on 1903.
Grenfell, Bernard P. and Arthur S. Hunt. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. London: Egypt Exploration Fund, 1898-
Examples from the Hibeh Site:
Hibeh 59: Letter from Zenodorus to Ptolemaeus
Two pieces of papyrus have been joined to form the sheet; the line of jointure is still evident. Space at the top measures 1.7 cm. Writing along the fibers. The letters are fairly broad and the lines about 1 cm. apart, but the ink is so faded as to make the reading extremely difficult. The recto side contains a letter from Zenodorus to Ptolemaeus. On the verso is the name and addressee. Approximate date, time of Augustus (27 B.C. to 14 A.D.). Discovered at El-Hibeh in 1902. Translation: "Zenodoru to Ptolemaeus, greeting. As soon as you receive this letter, send to us under guard the woman who was delivered to you with contraband oil in her possession, and send also the person who delivered her to you; and if you do not stop your malpractices in the village you will repent it. Good-bye. The...year, Epeiph 10." On the verso; "To Ptolemaeus." (Henry B. Van Hoesen)
Writing along the plant fibers. Recto contains the end of a letter, the verso are illegible traces of three lines. Discovered at El-Hibeh in 1902. Translation: "I shall guarantee by note of hand; for they do not entirely trust us. Dionysodorus is not unjust, but arranged that the guards with you keep guard and give heed that it may not happen to us to be... " (Henry B. Van Hoesen)
Hibeh 123 recto
Hibeh 123 verso
An account of cattle received from different persons. Writing along the fibers. Discovered at El-Hibeh in 1902. Translation: "From whom I have received sheep: Apollonius 1, Sopater 1, Alexander 1, and from the son of Deinias at a price of 1, from Demetrius of Kobas 1, Xenodotus at a price 1, Nicander 1." (Henry B. Van Hoesen)
Hibeh 109: Receipt on a Tax Account
Fragments of two columns 2 to 6 mm.apart, with a space of 9 mm. at the bottom. Writing across the fibers. The content is a receipt on a tax account. Discovered at El-Hibeh in 1902. Translation: Col. 1 "Through...oeconomus, Aristogenes and... have...paid the amount due from them and their partners for the tax of 1-6 upon the palm gardens of Teisander, finance official, for the 39th year, in copper on the silver standard ten drachmae. Total 10 drachmae." Col. 2 "Aristogenes and ... have paid to... banker and controller, the amount due from them and their partners for the tax of 1-6 upon the palm garden of Teisander, finance official, for the 39th year, in copper on the silver standard, five drachmae. Total 5 drachmae." (Henry B. Van Hoesen)