Digitization of Priceless Manuscripts

Jewish gift to the Vatican Library and the Franciscan Custody in Israel

PTWF was instrumental in "paving the way" for the digitization of priceless manuscripts from the Vatican Library and from the Franciscan Custody in Israel. This archiving, for the purposes of worldwide access and education, was made possible through the generosity of the George S. Blumenthal Foundation. Expertise and state of the art techniques in digital photography by famed Israeli photographer Ardon Bar-Hama were used, and also made available through this gift.




Ardon Bar-Hama, right with H.Em.Raffaele Cardinal Farina, Librarian and Archivist for the Holy Roman Church, and Dr. Ambrogio Piazzoni Vice-Prefect.


Ardon Bar-Hama and Gary Krupp of PTWF with the Franciscans in Israel.

Letter of Gratitude from the Custos of the Franciscan Custody.

PTWF facilitated the digitized preservation of over 8,000 rare manuscripts in the archives of the Franciscan Custody in Jerusalem, as well as the digital study of the Vatican Library's most prized possession, The Codex Vatincanus.


The Jerusalem Medal and a mother of pearl Star of David was awarded to PTWF by the Custos of the Franciscan Custody in the Holy Land for help with this initiative.

PTWF also facilitated the photographic study of the 14 meter bronze doors at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.