I am pleased to bring to your attention some additional resources now available on our website.
1. Manuscript catalogues
Almost 20 years ago, Professor Kent Brown from Brigham Young University coordinated an NEH funded project to microfilm and catalogue manuscripts from Cairo and Jerusalem. Our Center is working on a project to improve access to this important collection of manuscripts on microfilm. As a first step to improving access we have digitized the preliminary catalogues of the whole collection that were prepared by the late Dr. William Macomber.
The catalogues are now available for download here: http://cpart.byu.edu/?page=121&sidebar
Over the coming months we will be donating copies of the microfilms to 10 research centers in Europe and the United states in an effort to enable scholars to better work with this important collection.
2. Syriac and Garshuni Manuscripts from St. Mark’s Convent, Jerusalem
As part of our effort to improve access to Syriac resources in particular, we have prepared PDF copies of the manuscripts filmed at St. Mark’s Convent, Jerusalem. One of the conditions of usage is that a copy of any publications based on these manuscripts be sent to St. Mark’s convent.
The manuscripts can be freely downloaded here: http://cpart.byu.edu/?page=126&sidebar
The online manuscripts are a wonderful idea, no hesitation.
I have more hesitation about the copies of the microfilms. Now I have found it very difficult to get copies of material from BYU, so possible alternatives must be a good thing. But … the libraries that will hold them are bound to be places like the Bodleian, who will certainly see this merely as a chance for profit, and will charge incredible sums if they are allowed to get away with it. I can’t get material that I need from the Bodleian now.
I imagine that KH was unable to get clearance to simply digitise the collection and place it online. But it is a pity that his benevolence will probably be rendered useless by the greed of European library staff.