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Les Roses. Redouté, Pierre Joseph, 1759-1840. Paris, Imprimerie de Firmin Didot, 1817-24.

Featured Finding Aid

Theodore Roosevelt Hunting Library (1566-1926)

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Meadowlark [graphic].

Prints by John James Audubon

Featured LibGuide

Sigmund Freud Rare Book Collection: A Resource Guide


  101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4740
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* Final book requests at 4:15pm
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National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection


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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  April 27, 2021
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