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The scholarly writings of M. R. James were varied and extensive. He cataloged most of the medieval manuscript collections in the Cambridge colleges, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the Canterbury Cathedral. He was an early researcher in Christian archaeology, contributing dozens of articles and monographs on stained glass, roof bosses, statuary, and wall paintings. James was also one of the foremost biblical scholars of his time and was responsible for producing editions of both old and new testament apocrypha. He edited a number of ancient books in modern translation or in contemporary editions, and researched ancient libraries, as well as works in local history and what might loosely be described as classical studies.