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George D. Greenia research papers

 Collection — Box: BW 41, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16672

Content Description

This collection contains the Dr. George D. Greenia research papers archive on a medieval Iberian manuscript, the Privilego de 1295 (no.138), in the Rosenthal Medieval Manuscript collection (MSS 9772-a) at the University of Virginia. The items in this collection include correspondence, twenty-five 35mm slides, wax sleeves with one negative and two photographs, photocopies of newspaper articles, two newspaper clippings, and a manuscript about the document in Spanish. Materials are in English and Spanish.

As a Visiting Professor of Spanish in 1994-1995 at the University of Virginia, Dr. Greenia was asked to inspect the manuscript which, as a highly significant find, attracted international press coverage. The collection documents the concerns on the provenance and rightful ownership as the original manuscript had disappeared from Spain, Dr. Greenia apprising authorities in Spain on the location of the document, and correspondence with booksellers on the provenance.

Dr. Greenia's findings on the manuscript were published in "La Pluma Es Lengua del Alma": Ensayos En Honor de E. Michael Gerli. A link to this book as well as the Rosenthal Medieval Manuscript collection (MSS 9772) in the library collections can be found below under external links.


  • Creation: 1995-1997


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


.04 Cubic Feet (One legal size folder)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift from George D. Greenia to the Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia on December 30, 2019.

Condition Description


Guide to the George D. Greenia research papers
10 March 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States