1.75 linear feet (3.5 manuscript boxes) This size will change as conservation work rehouses the fragments.
From donor's letter: "The papyri were obtained from a Chinese gentleman now doing post graduate work in London. He furnished the following information: 'This collection of Egyptian papyri was purchased from Dr. Selim Hassan, Professor of Egyptology at Fouad I University at Cairo, the author of the Excavations at Giza... According to Dr. Hassan, a large part of these fragments were unearthed at Giza and were dated about 200 years BC. They had been in his possession since they were discovered. Because of their antiquarian interest, they were acquired in October, 1946.' "
Fragments returned from conservation are open for research. Material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
"The papyrus fragments are apparently from "cartonnage, " the wrappings of mummies. Discarded manuscripts and contents of waste baskets and waste dumps were used regardless of the contents of the pages. These were wrapped around the body and glued in place. The final surface was usually decorated by painting and some of these fragments show color." [From donor's letter.]
Gift of Stewart M. Marshall, 1953. Accession 2004-041. An addition was transferred to the library from the University Museum of Art in 1971, accession 1971-007.