Preserving, digitize and make available the Syriak manuscripts of Virgin Mary Church owned by the Syriac Catholic Foundation. The collectionnow covers a wide range of materials varying from baptistery records, and priest diaries to those of metropolitans and patriarchs, from daily life activities to visitor lists, as well as prayer books printed or handwritten in Arabic, Syriac and Latin. For a Syriac individual, these church records are the only material to trace the roots of his/her identity. These records present information on the activities of the church, transformations in the socio- economic and demographic character of the Syriac community, as well as the local, national and international relationships of the same community.
- The “Manuscripted and Printed Heritage of Syriac Community” project implemented a plan composed of three phases for the conservation and dissemination of the items belonging to the Library Collection of the Virgin Mary Church.
- Preserving the manuscripts: the dust, soil and mold have been removed from the books and manuscripts to improve their maintenance. Later, the bookshelves holding the said items have been covered with acid-free boards in order to set a barrier and prevent any harm that may arise from the books and manuscripts touching the wooden shelves.
- A catalog system has been designed to document the otherwise unregistered items, which included basic information such as their titles, language and measurements.
- Development of digital repository and digital database in further phases of the research.