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Collection Overview

Administrative Information

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Names and Subject Terms

Series Descriptions

Correspondence, 1907-1920

Documentation, 1907-1920

Other Finding Aids


Biblical Manuscripts and Gold Treasure

A Finding Aid to the Biblical Manuscripts and Gold Treasure collection, 1907-1920 at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

by Jean K. Dudek

June 27, 2008

Collection Overview

Creator: Charles Lang Freer
Title: Biblical Manuscripts and Gold Treasure collection
Dates: 1907-1920
Abstract: The personal papers of Charles Lang Freer, the industrialist and art collector who founded the Freer Gallery of Art. This collection includes correspondence and miscellaneous documents relating to the biblical manuscripts and Byzantine gold treasure purchased by him.
Extent: 2 linear feet
Language: English and Greek

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift from the Estate of Charles Lang Freer.

Location of Originals

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Material

For additional correspondence with Francis W. Kelsey and the University of Michigan, see the Charles Lang Freer: General Correspondence, University of Michigan files.

Processing Information

Processed by volunteer Jean K. Dudek. Additional processing by archivist Rachael Cristine Woody in June 27th, 2008.

Preferred Citation

Biblical Manuscripts and Gold Treasure collection, Charles Lang Freer papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer.

Restrictions on Access

Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment.

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Biographical Note

Date Event
1854, February 25th Born in Kingston, New York
1906, December 19th Purchases 4 manuscripts from Ali Arabi in Cairo: I Deuteronomy/Joshua, II Psalms, III Four Gospels, IV Fragments of the Epistles of Paul
1910 Publication of "The Washington Manuscript of Deuteronomy and Joshua" by Henry A. Sanders (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. VIII, Part I)
1912 Publication of "The Washington Manuscript of the Four Gospels" by Henry A. Sanders (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. IX, Part 1)
1914 Publication of "East Christian Paintings in the Freer Collection" by Charles R. Morey (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. XII, Part I)
1915 Publication of "The Washington Manuscript of the Psalms" by Henry A. Sanders (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. VIII, Part II)
1916 Purchase of manuscripts of the Minor Prophets and other manuscripts, mostly Coptic, by Dr. David L. Askren for C.L. Freer and J. Pierpont Morgan, from Maurice Nahman in Cairo
1916 Publication of "The Coptic Psalter" by William H. Worrell (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. X, Part I - this is Part I of "The Coptic Manuscripts in the Freer Collection")
1918 Publication of "The Washington Manuscript of the Epistles of Paul" by Henry A. Sanders (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. IX, Part II)
1918 Publication of "A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period" by Walter Dennison (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. XII, Part II)
1919, September 25th Dies in New York City is buried in Kingston, New York
1923 Publication of "Two Homilies and a Magical Text" by William H. Worrell (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. X, Part II - this is Part II of "The Coptic Manuscripts in the Freer Collection")
1927 Publication of "Fragments from the Cairo Genizah in the Freer Collection" by Richard Gottheil and William H. Worrell (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. XIII
1927 Publication of "The Minor Prophets in the Freer Collection and the Berlin Fragment of Genesis" by Henry A. Sanders and Carl Schmidt (University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. XXI

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence regarding the Biblical manuscripts purchased by C.L. Freer in Egypt and the scholarly study and publication of these manuscripts.

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Names and Subject Terms

Names:
    Kelsey, Francis W. (Francis Willey), 1858-1927
    Sanders, Henry Arthur, 1868-1956
    Walter, Dennison, 1869-1917
Subjects-Geographical:
    Dimay (Extinct City)
Types of Materials:
    Photographs

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Arrangement


The collection is arranged into 2 series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1907-1920
Series 2: Documentation, 1907-1920

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Series Descriptions

 

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1907-1920 


This series comprises correspondence concerning the Biblical manuscripts and gold treasure purchased by C.L. Freer in Egypt, especially with respect to the publication of scholarly monographs about these objects. In Subseries 1.1, most of the correspondence is with Francis W. Kelsey of the University of Michigan. Subseries 1.2 consists of acknowledgements of receipt thanking C.L. Freer for copies of the published works. Most are formal documents from colleges and universities; a few are from individuals commenting on the importance or date of a manuscript.

The first series is arranged into 2 subseries:

Subseries 1: Correspondence with Individuals
Subseries 2: Correspondence Acknowledging Receipt of Publications

Subseries 1: Correspondence with Individuals 


Box

Folder
226 1  William W. Bishop (Librarian, University of Michigan), 1915, 1920  
2  E.S. Buchanan, 1915  
3  Judge A.T. Clearwater (Kingston, N.Y.), 1918  
4  Walter Dennison, 1915  
5  Bella Da Costa Greene (Mr. Morgan's Library), 1913  
6  Caspar Renee Gregory, 1908, 1913  
7  Frank Hecker, 1920  
8  H.B. Hutchins (University of Michigan), 1918  
9  Francis W. Kelsey, undated and 1907  
10  Francis W. Kelsey, January-February 1908  
11  Francis W. Kelsey, March-May 1908  
12  Francis W. Kelsey, June-August 1908  
13  Francis W. Kelsey, September-October 1908  
14  Francis W. Kelsey, November-December 1908  
15  Francis W. Kelsey, 1909  
16  Francis W. Kelsey, 1910-1911  
17  Francis W. Kelsey, January-May 1913  
18  Francis W. Kelsey, June-July 1913  
19  Francis W. Kelsey, August-September 1913  
20  Francis W. Kelsey, October-December 1913  
21  Francis W. Kelsey, January-April 1914  
22  Francis W. Kelsey, May-July 1914  
23  Francis W. Kelsey, August-September 1914  

Box

Folder
227 1  Francis W. Kelsey, October-December 1914  
2  Francis W. Kelsey, January-September 1915  
3  Francis W. Kelsey, October-December 1915  
4  Francis W. Kelsey, January-August 1916  
5  Francis W. Kelsey, September-December 1916  
6  Francis W. Kelsey, 1917  
7  Francis W. Kelsey, January-May 1918  
8  Francis W. Kelsey, June-December 1918  
9  Francis W. Kelsey, January 1919  
10  Francis W. Kelsey, February-October 1919  
11  Francis W. Kelsey, 1920  
12  W. Max Muller, 1916  
13  Henri Piazza, 1910  
14  Katherine N. Rhoades, 1920  
15  Henry A. Sanders, 1908-1917  
16  William H. Worrell, 1911, 1915-1916  

Subseries 2: Correspondence Acknowledging Receipt of Publications 


Box

Folder
228 1  Acknowledgments, undated  
2  Acknowledgements, February 1908, July-August 1910  
3  Acknowledgements, September 1910  
4  Acknowledgments, October 1910  
5  Acknowledgements, November-December 1910  
6  Acknowledgments, 1911-1912  
7  Acknowledgements, March 1913  
8  Acknowledgments, March 1913  
9  Acknowledgements, April 1913  
10  Acknowledgements, May 1913  
11  Acknowledgements, June-July 1913  
12  Acknowledgements, August-November 1913  
13  Acknowledgements, 1914-1916  
14  Acknowledgements, May-June 1918  
15  Acknowledgements, July 1918-August 1919  
 

Series 2:  Documentation, 1907-1920 


This series includes information about the purchase and provenance of the Biblical manuscripts, their publication and the distribution of copies. This series also includes a printer's proof or Walter Dennison's monograph about the gold treasure partly owned by C.L. Freer.

Box

Folder
229 1  Notes Re: Purchases from Ali Arabi
2  Miscellaneous Re: Egyptian Purchases
3  Photos of Ruined Ptolemaic Citadel at Dimay
4  Sanders' Instructions Re: Care of Manuscripts
5  Plans for Publication of Freer Manuscripts
6  Distribution lists for Biblical Manuscript Publication
7  Financial Papers: Purchase and Publication of Manuscript
8  Illustrations for Gold Treasure Monograph
9  Record of Shipment of Genizah Fragments to R. Gottheil
10  Unfinished Business for Freer's Estate
11  Envelope Cuttings Identifying Markers

Box

Folder
230 1  Printer's Proof: "A Gold Treasure of the Later Roman Period," by Walter Dennison, September 1915

Other Finding Aids

Charles Lang Freer papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer .

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