Libraries' Jewels in Her Crown Exhibition Extended to February 26, 2005

NEW YORK, January 14, 2005 Columbia University Libraries announced that it will extend its popular Jewels in Her Crown: Treasures from the Special Collections of Columbia’s Libraries exhibition to February 26, 2005.

Jewels in Her Crown is the first major exhibition of treasures from the Special Collections Libraries at Columbia in over 50 years, offering the public a rare glimpse of the unique resources gathered by the University since its founding in 1754. Mounted in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of Columbia, Jewels in Her Crown celebrates a rich collection of original books, manuscripts, individual and corporate archives, architectural drawings, ephemera, musical scores, works of art, and artifacts, embodying over 5,000 years of human history.

The exhibition draws together an unprecedented array of 250 rare and unique items from eleven Special Collections—including a Buddhist sutra dating from the year 1162 C.E.,

Mrs. Alexander Hamilton’s wedding ring, a set model for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s application for study at Union Theological Seminary, a fragment of the Iliad on papyrus, and a 1906 photograph of Czar Nicholas II with his family.

The objects in this exhibition are intended to represent and bring attention to the larger collections of which they are a part. Many of them, buried within research collections largely known only to scholars, are on display for the first time. The exhibition also acknowledges the generosity of the donors whose gifts have made possible the work of students and scholars for many generations.

Jewels in Her Crown is in the Rare Book and Manuscript Galleries on the sixth floor of Butler Library, and will be open until February 26, 2005. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m., Monday, 12:00 noon–7:45 p.m., and on January 17, 2005, 12:00 noon–4:45 p.m. For additional information about this exhibition please call 212-854-5153.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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