Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies at Princeton

MARBAS is the initiative of a group of faculty from across the Humanities committed to teaching the techniques at the core of humanistic research.

At the center of our research and teaching are manuscripts, archival documents, early printed books and other textual artifacts produced before 1600. 

Workshops & Working Groups

Reading groups and intensive workshops on codicology, paleography, digital methods and more

Digital Resources

Databases, digital collections and other resources for teaching and research

Codex Aureus

Stockholm Codex Aureus, National Library of Sweden, MS A. 135, 8th century.

Daode jing 道德經 scroll

Princeton University Art Museum, Daode jing 道德經, chapters 51–81, no. 1998-116 China, 270

Book of Curiosities - Sicily map

Upcoming Events

Through a Glass Darkly: Alchemy and the Ripley Scrolls 1400-1700

"Through a Glass Darkly," a Princeton University Library (PUL) exhibition scheduled to open in April 2022, will show how the medieval west built on Graeco-Egyptian, Islamic, and late medieval foundations to create a golden age of alchemy from the 16th century to the time of Sir Isaac Newton

Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library