Entries tagged with ‘Special Collections and Rare Books’

Special and Rare

Some students will remember a brick-lined room on the library’s main floor that was a quiet bolt-hole for serious studying before it was mysteriously locked up. Alumni and other long-timers will recall when that room was full of microfilm. Well, the locks are open now (at least during the daytime) and you can study in […]


You’ve heard undoubtedly of Herman Melville’s book Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.  However, you might not be aware that the original was published on this day in 1851. It was a commercial failure upon its release, and the book languished for nearly 70 years in relative obscurity. Everything changed in the 1920s following the publication of Herman Melville: […]