Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jefferson's Architectural Books Exhibition

This fall, a group of students has been preparing a display of rare books selected from the Art Library’s collection of architectural works that replicate those Thomas Jefferson acquired for his own library at Monticello. The students are enrolled in Jefferson Architectural Books Collection, a course taught by Associate Professor of Art John Harwood. With the assistance of Art Librarian Barbara Prior and Special Collections Librarian Ed Vermue, students spent the first half of the semester studying individual volumes and preparing labels describing the works and their significance.

The exhibit coincides with the campus visit of Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Books and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, who has worked to rebuild the entire collection of nearly 6,500 volumes in Jefferson’s library. The Jefferson architecture collection exhibition will be in the Academic Commons on the main level of Mudd Center from October 26 to November 11.


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