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The Manuscripts Division has substantial ancient holdings, including the following:

Princeton Cuneiform Collection.
There are some 1,300 cuneiform tablets (especially from the 3rd Dynasty of Ur). All of the clay tablets are listed in a finding aid, "Princeton Cuneiform Collection," at http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C0848. Most of the descriptions in the finding aid are based on an older published catalog, which can be consulted online:   Edward Chiera, Catalog of the Babylonian Cuneiform Tablets in the Princeton University Library (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Library, 1921). In addition, the Manuscripts Division holds 244 stone seals, ranging in age from Akkadian and Sumerian examples of the 2nd and 3rd millennia B.C. to Persian examples of the Sassanian period. For a finding aid, go to http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C0849.

Princeton Papyri Collections.
There are some 1,250 literary, sub-literary, Christian, and documentary papyri in the Manuscripts Division. Papyri are in all the languages and scripts of Egypt, dating from the Pharaonic, Ptolemaic, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic periods. For a full, up-to-date inventory of Princeton papyri, providing a history of the collections, as well as selected digital images of papyri, go to the "Princeton University Library Papyrus Home Page" at http://www.princeton.edu/papyrus/. For printed editions of 191 Princeton papyri, see Alan Chester Johnson and Henry Bartlett Van Hoesen, eds., Papyri in the Princeton University Collections (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1931), 1 vol.; and Allen Chester Johnson and Sidney Pullman Goodrich, eds., Papyri in the Princeton University Collections (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1936-42), 2 vols.

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