Manuscripts acquired by the University Library in 1950 (along with a large number of printed books incorporated into the general collection). Formerly part of the personal collection of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), a senior reader in Arabic at SOAS, University of London from 1928-1948, who thereafter became a member of the staff at the Middle East Institute Washington, D.C. A collection of his personal papers is found at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University.
Carrying almost exclusively Arabic texts (with one text in Arabic and Persian), the vast majority of these manuscripts were copied on lined paper in the early part of the 20th century and address philosophy and mysticism. Several texts are found in multiple copies, often incomplete or deliberately abridged or excerpted with commentary. They may represent modern manuscript facsimiles and notes, perhaps produced for a scholar's archive. They were eventually bound for James Heyworth-Dunne, likely in Egypt.
Inventory cataloguing for the Heyworth-Dunne Collection was completed over the course of three weeks in late May - early June of 1993 by Roberta L. Dougherty. Full cataloguing for the collection has been realized by project staff and contributors to the "Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan" project.
Language: Chiefly in Arabic with one title in Arabic and Persian.
References: University of Michigan. The President's report for 1950-1951. Ann Arbor, MI: The University, 1951, p.261 ; Dougherty, R. "Michigan Islamic Manuscripts Unaccessioned vols.," p.16 ; Behn, W. Concise Biographical Companion to Index Islamicus. Leiden, 2004-2006, p.75 ; Jajko, E. "Preliminary inventory to the James Heyworth-Dunne Papers, 1860-1949." Hoover Institution Archives, 1999.
View descriptions for the manuscripts of the Heyworth-Dunne Collection currently posted to the site here.