Simpson Islamic Manuscript Record Archive


The Visual Resources Collections at the University of Michigan houses the Islamic manuscript record archive of Dr. Marianna Shreve Simpson (PhD, Harvard University, 1978), a specialist in the arts of the Islamic book and illustrated Persian manuscripts in particular. 

The Simpson collection encompasses the history of Islamic book arts, with a particular focus on illustrated manuscripts produced between 1300 and 1600 CE.

Containing over 500 documentation records and approximately 4,800 images (prints, color slides, digital images, and microfilms), the archive represents almost four decades of manuscript study in libraries, museums, and private collections throughout the world. 

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