Collections of ancient Christian manuscripts and texts have always been the province of bibliophiles, scholars, and erudite members of the clergy. One particular person who was quite interested in such manuscripts was the late Edgar J. Goodspeed. Born in tiny Quincy, Ill., Goodspeed went to study at the University of Chicago, and after completing his studies he spent a significant amount of time traveling abroad on the Continent. After this, he joined the University’s faculty and became quite passionate about collecting New Testament manuscripts for the school. One of his stellar finds was of what became known as the Rockefeller McCormick New Testament, which was a complete Byzantine New Testament written in a fine cursive hand. Fortunately, the University of Chicago Library’s Digital Collections Project has digitized this entire manuscript (along with one other work in the collection), and has also planned to create a collection of high-quality digital images from the other 63 manuscripts. The site will definitely warrant several return visits, and visitors may also want to read the particulars detailing the creation of the project.
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