Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

February 26, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Members & Friends Meeting

Join us for a visit to the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania with the Curator of Printed Books Lynne Farrington.

With approximately 250,000 printed books and nearly ten million pieces of manuscript material, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library is a small part of the University’s 5 million-volume library system. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library serves faculty and students across the Penn campus and around the world. Special strengths include American literature, drama, and history; English, Spanish, Italian, and German literature; the Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection in the history of chemistry; the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library devoted to Shakespeare and his contemporaries; and the Henry Charles Lea Library with strengths in Church history, the Inquisition, magic, and witchcraft.

Manuscript collections include materials from the 12th through 20th centuries, with notable archives of the works of such moderns as Theodore Dreiser, James T. Farrell, Lewis Mumford, and Marian Anderson. Highly specialized collections include the works of Jonathan Swift, Aristotle editions and commentaries, both printed and manuscript, up to 1700; the Curtis Collection of Benjamin Franklin’s printing; and the output of the Dutch firm of Elzevir from the 16th through the 18th centuries.

We will also have to time to see The Great Emancipator and the Great Central Fair on exhibit in the Goldstein Family Gallery.

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