Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library
|Name:||Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library|
|Country:||United States of America|
University of Michigan
Department of Classical Studies
2016 Angell Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Fax: +1 313 763 4959
|Contact:||Leyla Lau-Lamb (email@example.com) conservator|
- Ms., number 8 [Greek parchment]
- Ms. Copt., numbers from 136 till 550
- O. [= Ostracon], numbers from 943 till 25331 and number 93455 [the 'O.' cannot be omitted, because the same numbers also exist without a subcoll]
- O. Skeat, numbers from 1 till 16
- O. Winter, without number
- P., numbers from 1 till 7027, but also (exceptionally) numbers such as 0.2 and (19) 28 c 87 and 81.4.25
- P. Cornell I, numbers from 2 till 122 [first series, purchase of 1921]
- P. Cornell II, numbers from 1 till 48 [second series, purchase of 1922]
- P. Cornell inv., numbers from 18 till 113 and numbers such as Ms. A. 101 I
- P. Cornell P. Fay., numbers from 245 till 317 [publication numbers]
At the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, about 9000 papyri are housed in acidfree folders in acidfree boxes, the rest about 1000 are glazed between 2 sheets of glass. The entire collection is housed in a Environmental
room Temp 65 RH 45 %. Some of the boxes and most glazed papyri are stored in this room in metallcabinetts from the 50's. These cabinetts have airvents. Most boxes are stored on open metall shelfs. The environmental room is sealed, fireprofed and alarmed.
(Leyla Lau-Lamb, e-mail to the papylist, March 3, 2003)
The basic inventory is still a typewritten one, copied from inventory notes sent by A.S. Hunt (in 1920) and later H.I. Bell (written by Crum and Thompson for the Coptic and Demotic pieces); this was completed by a filecard having the location of the mounted papyri. The database built for APIS will replace this, and already serves as inventory for the published items.
As part of the APIS project, work so far has been concentrated on the published material; the web site gives now access to ca. 2500 fully catalogued texts (with bibliography, translation, and link to the Greek text on the Perseus site); 600dpi images are available for ca. 1750 of them; note also that the conservation staff worked on ca. 750 of them before imaging occurred. Unpublished material should follow, though the level of its cataloguing will probably be much reduced.
This is very subjective, but one can think of the following ones as representative of the collection (readers' feedback is welcome) - one biblical, two literary, three documentary, that is also four published, two unpublished papyri:
- inv. 6238 = P 46 : 30 leaves of a papyrus codex of the Epistles of saint Paul, dating from the early IIIrd cent. A.D.; purchased in 1935 (56 more leaves are in the Chester Beatty collection in Dublin) [ LDAB 3011 ]
- inv. 6946 = H.S. Schibli, Fragments of a Weasel and Mouse War, ZPE 53 (1983) p. 1-25: cartonnage papyrus (bought in 1982; IInd cent. B.C.) bearing more than 60 fragmentary lines, the first known witness of a Galeomyomachia, a parody of the Iliad. [ LDAB 6918 ]
-P.Mich. IV, 224-225 (inv. 4171-4172 mainly): two tax rolls from Karanis, recording daily payments for most of 172/173 and 173/174 A.D. (resp. 6000 and 3400 lines are preserved); purchased in 1924 (in several lots), except one column ( P.Mich. IV/2, 357B = inv. 2830, excavated).
- inv. 6973: fragments from the end of the prologue and beginning of the parodos of Euripides' Kresphontes (a few lines are common with P.Oxy. XXVII, 2458), to be published by L. Koenen and the late S. Bonnycastle [ LDAB 1023 ]
- inv. 5689: 27 columns from a daybook of grain collection, with information given cleruchy by cleruchy. Found in Karanis; fully transcribed by O.M. Pearl, who mentioned it in a talk in the XIIIth Congress, but still unpublished.
- inv. 5760 : register of sea-going merchant ships, with a wealth of details, showing the world trade of Alexandria in all its glory in the early Roman period. Published by P. Heilporn as P.Bingen 77.