Rare Book & Manuscript Library


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Use this portal to explore the collections of the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) Archives at RBML.


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Current Exhibition

Enchanted Vision: The Arthur Rackham Collection

"Enchanted Vision: the Arthur Rackham Collection"

June 18, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Kempner Gallery

In the late 1950s, Mr and Mrs Alfred Berol donated to Columbia the largest collection of original work by the book illustrator Arthur Rackham in the United States. "Enchanted Vision" is the Rare Book & Manuscript Library's first Rackham exhibition in over two decades, presenting pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings as well as material from the thirty sketchbooks in the collection--shedding light not only on Rackham's diverse work but on his process.