Ancient manuscripts owned by the Kyoto University Museum originate from the collection built by the Division of Japanese History, Faculty of Letters. The total number of ancient manuscripts, including ancient records, amounts to more than 50,000. These items cover every period of history from the Nara and Heian periods to the modern period. Their regional diversity, as well as richness in content and style, are also remarkable. The collection includes writings by the hands of well-known court nobles, warriors and intellectuals.