The staff of the New York Public Library cleaned up their vast and centuries-old archive. They organized an impressive free exhibition. Here will be shown exhibits covering the 400-year history, including the only surviving letter of Christopher Columbus in which he talks about his «discovery» of America, and the first Gutenberg Bible brought to the US.
First opened in 2018, the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures includes 250 unique historical objects from the library’s collections, including more than 45 million items from its research collections.
Founded in 1895, the New York Library is the largest public library in the United States and a valuable resource that gives users access to books, information, ideas, and learning. It has served as a center of culture and knowledge for over a century. Under the roof of this library are collected carefully selected collections of great historical value and with rich themes ranging from feminiology to the history of American baseball and computer science.
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Copy of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence
Among the most important exhibits are a handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, a written desk by Charles Dickens, a letter written by James Baldwin Angela Davis, a map of the 1811 commissioners, and a survey of the island of Manhattan, and more.
The exhibition showcases for the first time images, letters, manuscripts, works of art, and records that have been collected and preserved by the library over the past 125 years and span 4,000 years of history.
Some sites will remain visible for a long time, while others will be moved and replaced with new elements over time. The exhibition is divided into nine thematic sections.
Some of the highlights of the exhibition as described in the press release include:
Winnie the Pooh prototypes
The exhibition is opened in the Gottesman Hall of the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building, located on the ground floor of the library in Bryant Park. The exhibition is supported by a donation of $12 million from Dr. Leonard Polonsky and the Polonsky Foundation.
Polonsky’s exhibition was originally scheduled to open last fall, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed its opening.
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