Program in Early Cultures

Digital Resources

Brown’s library and online resources include many useful for the study of early cultures.

The Brown Digital Repository (BDR) is intended to make accessible and preserve digital objects of enduring value to the scholarly mission of Brown University.

The Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine (IIP) project seeks to make accessible all of the significant inscriptions found in the area of modern Israel/Palestine that date between approximately 520 BCE to 640 CE; it now contains close to 4,000 inscriptions.

Staff of the Brown University Library have developed specialized resource guides for Early Cultures and related subjects. These guides primarily comprise links to and descriptions of relevant databases, including compilations of journal articles, additional library resources within and outside Brown University, and reference texts.

The Brown Digital Repository includes a collection of approximately 200 folders of Qur'anic leaves dating from the 8th century onward.

A guide compiled by the Brown Library's Scholarly Resources Librarian for Art and Architecture, Karen Bouchard, to image resources at Brown University and at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), as well as tips on finding images elsewhere. In addition, the pages include information about the ethical uses of images, dealing with copyright and more.

The goal of the US Epigraphy Project (USEP) is to collect and share information about ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions preserved in the United States of America.