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The Esquimaux ...[San Francisco, Turnbull & Smith, printers, 1867]

The first newspaper published in Alaska.

Rare Book of the Month Blog Post: Valentines of Days Gone By

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Digital Selections: The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection

Visit the new online presentation of digitized Rosenwald books with new content being continually added. This site offers enhanced functionality for both viewing and searching items.


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Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
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Symposium at the Library

Imagining the Extraordinary: Scientific Illustration from the Renaissance to the Digital Age

March 15, 2018: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 16, 2018: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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  February 14, 2018
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