Papyrology: Events and Physical Exhibits

Physical Exhbits

Puzzle Me This: Early Binding Fragments and Other Evidence from the U-M Papyrology Collection

Exhibit will open July 15, 2014.

Parsons Papyrology Exhibit Case

The Parsons Papyrology Exhibit Case, located in the Audubon Room on the first floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library, guarantees that there will always be one piece of ancient papyrus on public display at the U-M Library. The case was made possible by a gift from Gardner and Ann Parsons.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Currently on Display

Exhibit is closed until July 15, 2014.

Previously on Display

8th-Century Arabic Docmuments

P. Mich.inv. 5578.10
Fayyum, Egypt, 8th century C.E.

Small fragment of a private letter dated by handwriting to the 8th century C.E.  Originally, the text would have been rolled and closed with the clay seal, which still survives intact.

image of papyrus P. Mich. inv. 5578.10


P. Mich.inv. 5613a
Fayyum, Egypt, 8th century C.E.

Fragments of an 8th century C.E. official letter regarding the jizya (head tax).  'Abd Allah bin As'ad, head of a division of Egypt's Fayyum region, is ordered to commence the collection of the tax only after the annual harvest, when the prosperity of the countryside could be better assessed.

image of papyrus P. Mich. inv. 5613a


Papyrus Conservation Seminar, June 16-27, 2014
University of Michigan Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Papyrus Collection of the University of Michigan Library will host a two-week seminar in papyrus conservation, from Monday, June 16 to Friday, June 27, 2014, directed by senior conservator Leyla Lau-Lamb. Participants will receive a hands-on introduction to papyrus conservation. They will learn about equipment and materials used in papyrus conservation and the theory and methodology behind current conservation techniques. They will then utilize these techniques to perform a range of treatment on actual papyri from the University of Michigan’s Papyrus Collection, including written documentation, digital photo-documentation, mechanical cleaning, damp treatments, reduction of folds, alignment of fibers, alignment of fragments, and methods of housing and storage.

(Registration for this event has closed.)

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