Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS UM)

Collection Information

APIS (Advanced Papyrologyical Information System) at the University of Michigan is a “virtual library” that provides online access to our papyrological collection. Users are able to view digital images and detailed catalog records containing information on papyrus characteristics, corrections to published papyri, and republications.

APIS, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, grew from the digitization of papyrus collections from a consortium of universities, including Columbia, Duke, Yale, and Michigan in the early ‘90s, overseen by the American Society of Papyrologists. Though the APIS project no longer continues, the images and metadata created from this joint project are still maintained by the institutions involved and are available through The University of Michigan Library continues to digitize papyri in our collection and add to the records available in our database.