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Finding Aid for the Gerald and Barbara Weiner collection of Ethiopic manuscripts, ca. 1600-1960
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Online Access to Digital Images
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gerald and Barbara Weiner collection of Ethiopic manuscripts
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1600-1960
    Collection number: 1874
    Creator: Weiner, Gerald.
    Extent: 45 boxes (ca. 28.5 linear ft.) 12 oversize boxes
    Abstract: A collection of 239 Ethiopic manuscripts (137 bound volumes and 102 scrolls), on vellum, dated ca. 1600 - 1960. The collection consists of religious and liturgical works used in the Ethiopian Christian tradition. The majority of the texts were written in the Ge'ez script, a classical form of calligraphic lettering that is related to the Amharic language.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Gerald A. and Barbara Weiner, November 22, 2010.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gerald and Barbara Weiner collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts (Collection 1874). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6688208 

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of 239 Ethiopic manuscripts, including 137 bound volumes and 102 scrolls. The chronological range of the collection spans from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with the majority of the items being produced in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. The various genres of these texts are principally religious and liturgical, including the Gospels, psalters, missals, homiliaries, antiphonaries, and hagiographic works. The texts are used in the services of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The scrolls contain various magical prayers believed to have protective and/or curative effects. Nearly all of the manuscripts in the collection include a combination of hand-painted illustrations, annotations, and ornamental bindings that have been decorated with fabrics, or with inset, hand-sculpted figurines. A number of the bound manuscripts are housed in handcrafted leather carrying cases. Two of the manuscripts have accordion bindings. Among the languages included are Ge'ez, Amharic, and Arabic.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The items are organized by format, manuscripts and scrolls.

    Online Access to Digital Images

    Digital images of the manuscripts and scrolls in this collection can be accessed online from The Ethiopian Manuscript Imaging Project (EMIP), an online resource developed in the Spring of 2005 by Steve Delamarter with the mission to help preserve images of Ethiopia 's manuscript heritage and make them available for scholarly study. EMIP is made available through Vivarium, a searchable database delivering a variety of digital objects, created and maintained by the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.
    To search for a specific manuscript or scroll in the Gerald and Barbara Weiner Ethiopic manuscript collection, search the EMIP site http://www.hmml.org/vivarium/sgd.htm   by entering keywords in the search box.
    • Weiner Codex 4
    • Weiner Magic Scroll 75

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts, Ethiopic.