Overview

A manuscript is a document or book that was written by hand.  Creating manuscripts was a slow and expensive process.  What do the ideas communicated in manuscripts tell us about what people at the time viewed as important?

Please see below for examples of manuscript material from Houghton Library's collections. 

Examples

Please see Harvard's Curiosity Islamic Heritage Project for a digital collection of Islamic manuscripts, published texts, and maps from across Harvard's libraries and museums.

Please see Harvard's Curiosity Collection on Chinese Rare Books for links to other digitized material from across Harvard Libraries. 

Please see Harvard's Curiosity Collection on Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts for many more examples of manuscripts from Western Europe.