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Papyri Collection

The Manuscripts Division houses 445 papyrus manuscript fragments dating from the 1st century BC to the 8th century AD. The fragments were excavated in 1923 by Sir William Flinders Petrie and the Egypt Exploration Society at the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus.

The physical Papyri Collection is owned by the Classics Department but housed in Special Collections. This digital exhibition of the Papyri Collection.

The content in this digital exhibition represents the fragments that were published in two volumes: Washington University Papyri I : Non-literary Texts (1980) and Papyri from the Washington University Collection, St. Louis, Missouri. Part II (1990), both available at Olin Library and in Special Collections.

A preserved papyrus fragment from the Washington University Collection.