May 28, 2022

St. John’s Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Catalog Digitized Manuscripts

From The St. Cloud Times:

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John’s University received more than $1.4 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support its mission to preserve and share the world’s handwritten heritage.

The grant will fund a three-year project to catalog 53,000 digitized manuscripts and create an online database of authors and titles originating from underrepresented or little-known literary traditions, according to a news release issued by the university Tuesday.


The grant will support the work of seven catalogers and metadata experts to make manuscripts available online to scholars worldwide. The documents include Christian and Islamic handwritten books and scrolls often endangered by weather, war and civil unrest.

All manuscripts cataloged under this project will be made accessible online at

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