Current Exhibits

babylonian tabletFrom Babylon to Baseball: Recent Additions to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

24 January—16 May 2014

In this age of Google, it is a library’s special collections that set it apart for distinction. And in a great special collections library, the collections must continue to expand. As this exhibit makes clear, the collections of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library are not static. Indeed, Illinois has a reputation for being particularly acquisitive—and we are proud of it!

This exhibition presents thirty new acquisitions, ranging from a 4000-year-old Babylonian tablet to the remarkable baseball reference collection of the American League President’s Office. Other highlights include additions to our early printing and fine press collections, new letters by Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, and Marcel Proust, items that strengthen our phenomenal holdings in English drama and ornithological books, and our most recent acquisitive coup, the literary archives of poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks.