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Houghton Library at 75: A Celebration of Its Collections

New book showcases the collections at Houghton Library. 

 

On Thursday, April 20, Houghton Library launched a new publication entitled Houghton Library at 75: A Celebration of Its CollectionsThe book launch was a high point in a year-long program of events celebrating Houghton Library’s world-class collections and support of research and teaching since 1942.​

“We are proud to release this publication as part of a series of activities and events designed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Houghton Library,” remarked Thomas Hyry, Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library. “The book displays a dazzling selection of items from the library’s collections, and is at once visually striking and intellectually engaging.”

Houghton’s holdings span nearly the entire history of the written word, from papyrus to the laptop. The anniversary volume, edited by Houghton Library curators Heather Cole and John Overholt, presents a snapshot of the unique items that fill the library’s shelves. From miniature books composed by a teenage Charlotte Brontë to a massive medieval manuscript hymnbook; from the plays of Shakespeare to costume designs for Star Trek; and from the discoveries of Copernicus to the laptops of 21st-century writers, the selections celebrate great achievements in many and diverse fields of human endeavor.

The book invites readers to tour Houghton Library’s collections—which draws thousands of researchers and visitors from around the world each year—from the comfort of their own home. “We could only scratch the surface of Houghton’s collections in this book,” said Cole and Overholt, “but we hope that it gives a taste of the great cultural treasures and literary landmarks that this library holds, and perhaps might inspire readers to come see them in person as well.”

By Anne-Marie Eze, Director of Scholarly and Public Programs, Houghton Library.

Published on May 3, 2017.

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