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Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:05:56 EDT
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  Libraries' Surprising Special Collections | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
Magazine
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-cul
ture/Libraries-Surprising-Special-Collections.html


Libraries' Surprising Special Collections




Tucked away in libraries across the country are unexpected
archives and world-class treasures



By Kristin Ohlson
Smithsonian.com, March 01, 2009




I walk through an arched marble doorway and into one
of the loveliest rooms I've seen anywhere. Designed to
look like a Renaissance Library, the John Griswold White
Reading Room offers sweeping views of Lake Erie and
downtown Cleveland, as well as a dazzling abundance of
venerable books and objects. A lawyer and scholar who
died in 1928, White was one of the library's greatest
benefactors and his prodigious collections fill this room.



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Here are seven more surprising collections, lurking in
public or university libraries around the country.



Among its many collections, the Boston Public Library
has what it believes is the largest collection of fore-edge
painted books in any public library. These books feature
a painting along the fore-edge (opposite the spine) of the
book that can only be seen when the pages are subtly
fanned when the book is closed, gold leaf on the outside
edge of the pages hides the image. The technique originated
with Samuel Mearne, royal bookbinder to Charles II from
1660-1683, and the artists usually embellished already
printed books of literature with scenes that corresponded
to the content. The Boston collection includes books from
the late 1700's to the mid-1800s. They were donated in
1941 by banker Albert Wiggins.



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From the Linda Bee Library Collection of Resources
From the Linda Bee Special Collections Collection of Resources
From the Linda Bee Article Collection of Resources
From the Linda Bee Reference Collection of Resources





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