Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hodge mss., ca. 18th-19th century, consist of codices and related materials collected by linguistic scholar Carleton Taylor Hodge, 1917-1998. Hodge was born in Springfield, Illinois, and dedicated most of his career to linguistics and African studies. He received his B.A. from DePauw University, and his Ph.D. in 1943 from the University of Pennsylvania. His thesis was on the descriptive grammar of the Hausa language. During his career he worked for the Foreign Service Institute in the U.S. State Department before joining the faculty at Indiana University in 1964. During his tenure at Indiana, he assisted in the development of the African Studies Department as well as the Department of Linguistics.

The collection includes: a Koran, probably late 18th or early 19th century and an 18th-century Durreh-yi-Nādirī of Muhammad Mahdī b. Muhammad Nasīr-i-Astarabādī, known as Kawkab-i-Astarabādī, the court historian of Nādir Shāh, as well as a 19th-century New Testament "de la main Dr. Jean Baptiste Viénot de Vaublanc," among other items.

Acquired: 2004, 2007

Collection size: 14 items

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