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The Leonard E. Boyle Chair in Manuscript Studies

Father Leonard E. Boyle, OP taught palaeography, codicology, history and diplomatics at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies from 1961 to1984, with cross-appointment at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies. His renown as a teacher and scholar served as a magnet for medievalists throughout North America and abroad. At his death in October 1999 he was Prefect Emeritus of the Vatican Library, where from 1984 to 1997 as Prefect, he had welcomed researchers from all over the world.

In the year 2000 the Institute initiated a campaign to fund a permanent Chair in Manuscript Studies to honour the memory of the late Father Boyle. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York supported the campaign from the outset, toward a goal of (Cdn) $2.5 million over five years. The remainder of that grant was claimed, on schedule, during the period covered by this Report, with a substantial “overrun” in the endowment, due in part to unusually favourable investment opportunities.

We feel that Father Boyle would be particularly gratified to know of the generous response from the many aspiring medievalists whom he taught over the years, and in particular, from his own Dominican Order, which like the Irish Dominican Province, was among the lead supporters of our campaign. We trust that the Chair will serve to perpetuate Fr Boyle's legacy to medieval scholarship with distinction.

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