Saving Timbuktu’s manuscripts

A conversation with Father Columba Stewart, OSB, executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (Collegeville, Minnesota) and Dr. Beth Harris

A heroic effort to save and preserve Mali’s long manuscript tradition.

Additional resources:

“The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS” (The Atlantic, February 23, 2017)

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library

Cite this page as: Father Columba Stewart, OSB and Dr. Beth Harris, "Saving Timbuktu’s manuscripts," in Smarthistory, December 14, 2018, accessed July 20, 2024,