Limited Edition Catalog of Libraries' "Treasures" Now Available

NEW YORK, November 4, 2004 - In conjunction with the Jewels in Her Crown exhibition currently on view in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries has published an illustrated, full-color catalog showcasing the 250 treasures in the exhibition. The comprehensive catalog contains images and essays written by the special collections librarians, and was supported by a grant from Futhermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan fund.

Jewels in Her Crown brings together, for the first time, selected objects from the 11 special collections that exist within the Columbia University Libraries and affiliates. Organized in honor of Columbia’s 250th anniversary, the exhibition celebrates the rich collection of books, works of art, drawings, archives, musical scores, manuscripts, and other materials that have been gathered since King’s College had its start in 1754.

In introducing the exhibition, James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, remarked, “These treasures are unique and very special, but they are not common museum pieces. They are works intended to serve learning and research. They are not marginal, but rather vital components of Columbia’s commitment to excellence and leadership.”

“The catalog extends the life of this wonderful and interesting exhibition, far beyond the walls of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library,” added Jean Ashton, Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. “It lends a permanency to the exhibition, giving future scholars access to many rare and fascinating materials.”

The printed catalog is priced at $25 and the order form can be downloaded. In conjunction with the printed catalog, the Libraries has posted a virtual catalog, now available online at:

The exhibition will be on display in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library until January 28, 2005, Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Monday 12:00 to 7:45 P.M. For holiday hours or more information, please call 212-854-5153.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library owns over 500,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 28 million manuscripts in nearly 3,000 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. For additional information about the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 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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