Opening April 4, 2016, in the Chang Octagon of The Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, on the 6th floor of Columbia University's Butler Library, a new exhibition--open to the public-- offers researchers an opportunity to view a sampling of the rare and the unusual in Columbia’s Global Studies collections.
The items on display until June 24, range in date from 1454 CE to 2014 CE, in a variety of formats, including books, manuscripts, maps, photos, posters, scrolls, sheet music, stamps, and typescripts, and encompassing more than 19 languages or scripts: Arabic, Czech, English, French, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Malayalam, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Wolof. This small exhibit represents only a fraction of what is collected by the Libraries to support global studies research and teaching.
A special opening reception, with refreshments, to celebrate the exhibition will be held in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 5:30-7:00 pm, and will feature a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam at Columbia University.
For more about The Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, see the Columbia University Library Website.