21 April 2011
Many EAP projects are copying material from religious collections or records that cover religious or spiritual themes and stories. Some of these have been highlighted in previous posts, as we accession material or as projects finish. Because tomorrow is Easter Friday, I thought I would look at some of these projects and the wonderful Christian manuscripts and materials they're copying. There are more than a few to choose from. With difficulty, I have limited myself to three.
One of our very early projects, EAP040 copied records held in the Honterus parish building of Brazov, in Central Romania. This material dates back to the 14th century. The project copied ecclesiastical records and records that touch on life in the parish encompassing topics such as education and marriage, local traditions and music. The original records are now kept in the Lutheran parish house. Details are available on their webpages: http://www.honterus-archiv.ro/
Another of our earlier projects, EAP099 targeted records relating to the first missionaries sent by the Leipzig Mission from Germany to the Kilimanjaro region, between the late 1890s and 1930. The project team copied correspondence, mission station diaries, church registers (baptisms, marriages and funerals), parish council minutes, files on education and cash books, and some photographs. The work of this project has carried on and valuable material continues to be identified and preserved.
A more recent project, EAP336 is copying manuscripts containing biblical and patristic commentaries. Below are some illustrations from a late 16th or early 17th century Gospel text, showing scenes from the Easter story.