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Dictionnaire botanique or livre d’artiste, take your pick

J.J. Audubon spent his life tracking and painting all the birds in America. Edward Curtis spent the majority of his adult life photographing the Indians of North America.

Announcing: One to One

Introducing our newest virtual offering, One to One, a program that proudly mentors and encourages young writers to explore their voices!

This Week in Princeton History for September 7-13

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Mudd Library opens, Virginia sends the college a map, and more. September 7, 1976—Seeley G.


High noon at the Whitney Museum of American Art, week 2 open to the public. Aaron Douglas, Into Bondage, 1932. Diego Rivera, Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita, October 13, 1931 Charles Demuth, My Egypt, 1927 Alexander Calder’s Circus  

Political Animals. Note: this post includes offensive racial slurs

Politicians frequently use animals to symbolize their party, currently a donkey for the Democrats and an elephant for Republicans.

School Days in Children’s Books

Returning to school this fall has been bewildering for students, parents, teachers, and staff.  Here’s a post about school books from the past whose illustrations suggest that  the process of education has never been especially orderly or  free from distractions.  …

Sister Isabella Piccini’s first known work

Giovanni Palazzi, De Dominio Maris, Libri Duo. Serenissimae Venetae Reipublicae dicati. Venice: Combi & La Nou, 1663.

George Morgan White Eyes, Racial Theory at Princeton, and Student Financial Aid in the Eighteenth Century

In 1779, a group of Delaware set up camp on Prospect Farm, owned by George Morgan, along a dirt walkway that separated them from the campus of the College of New Jersey, as Princeton University was named until 1896.

Guillermo Deisler and the Peacedream Project

  The Chilean-born visual poet Guillermo Deisler (1940-1995) was imprisoned in 1973 under the Pinochet government before being exiled to France, Bulgaria, and finally Germany.

This Week in Princeton History for August 31-September 6

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, alumnae celebrate the completion of a cross-country fundraising bike ride with a dip in the Fountain of Freedom, an …

Adler’s paper sample resources

Recently two paper sample cabinets owned by Elmer Adler (1884-1962) came back from off-site storage to our vaults, including this one housing sample books from the Alling & Cory Company.

Curator’s Choice: A. J. F. Freville’s Puzzle-picture Alphabet

When people ask me to name my favorite book in the collection, there’s never have a good answer on the tip of the tongue.

Picking Up a Book on Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day has been moved to August 29, 2020, a good excuse to visit Lit Bar in the South Bronx. But nothing is easy this year.

The Books and Prints of Anaïs Nin and her Gemor Press

Please join us at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020, for the fifth in our series of live webinars highlighting material in the Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University Library.

The Problem with “Firsts,” Part II: Archival Silence and Black Staff at Princeton University

This is the second in a two-part series about archival silence and the “first” African Americans at Princeton University. The first post in this series addressed the history of Black students.