The Rare Book and Manuscript Library curators have chosen items that illustrate the broad and diverse range of materials recently added to the Columbia University Libraries’ collection. These materials, which may not otherwise be displayed due to their diverse themes, include letters from Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the world’s largest collection of playing cards, two manuscript leaves (one from 13th-century Germany and another from 15th-century Italy), and two diaries from Lionel Trilling, the late literary critic and Columbia University professor.
The Rare Book and Manuscript Library owns over 600,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 26 million manuscripts in nearly 2,600 separate manuscript collections. It is particularly strong in English and American literature and history, classical authors, children's literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. Individual collections are as eclectic as they are extensive. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/rmbl/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library will close for renovation on Friday, December 6, 2003, and reopen on Tuesday, January 20, 2004. For additional information on services during renovation, please contact the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 212-854-5590.
Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 7.5 million volumes, over 50,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Library's web site at
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and to services.