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Monastery Manuscripts Collections: A Resource Guide



The Library of Congress regularly hosts and records scholarly lectures, uploading them to the LOC website for public viewing. These two lectures relate to the Sinai Collection.

  • Svetlana Kujumdzieva. “The Library as Witness to Musical History: The Case of the Sinai Musical Manuscripts.” Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. 6 May 2010. 55 minutes. A professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and a 2009-2019 Kluge Fellow, Dr. Kujumdzieva discusses the music manuscripts of the Sinai Collection, and “examine[s] Byzantine music in its various stages and how it was contextualized in these manuscripts” (LC description).
  • Justin Sinaites and Michael B. Toth. “Spectral Imaging at St. Catherine’s Monastery to Reveal Ancient Texts.” Library of Congress Preservation Directorate. 19 November 2012. 122 minutes. The librarian of St. Catherine’s and the program manager of the Sinai Palimpsest Project “discussed how advanced hyperspectral imaging is revealing ancient texts in the library at St. Catherine’s…” (LC description).

Sound Recordings

Most recordings are stored off-site and must be digitized and made available on The Library of Congress’s servers on Capitol Hill for listening. Unless otherwise noted, researchers should request these items in person in the Recorded Sound Research Center (Madison Building, LM-113) 10-14 days before they plan to listen to them. Please note that copyright laws still apply, and recordings may not be copied.

Musical Scores

Scores and music manuscripts may be requested in the Performing Arts Reading Room (Madison, LM-113)

Motion Pictures

Moving picture resources must be requested in-person in the Moving Image Research Center in the Madison Building (LM-336).