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Private Passions, Public Legacy: Paul Mellon's Personal Library at the University of Virginia

In May 2000, the University of Virginia Library received 447 rare books, manuscripts, and maps from the estate of Paul Mellon, well-known philanthropist but also an enthusiastic (and well-heeled) collector of books, especially Americana and original documents of American history. The Library has created the first full-scale public exhibition of these works and created a companion Website to...
Gabriel: Gateway to Europe's National Libraries

Gabriel: Gateway to Europe's National Libraries (last mentioned in the February 19, 1999 Scout Report) has been redesigned and updated and is now showcasing an improved, more user-friendly platform. Covering 41 European national libraries from the 39 countries represented in the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), Gabriel offers information on their services, online exhibitions, and...
Wonder Books: Rare Books on Early Museums

This virtual exhibit sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History asks the question: "Why are centuries-old natural history books vital to scientific research?" Using materials from the Rare Books Collection at the Smithsonian, the exhibit offers a variety of images dealing with natural history museums of the past to allow for the exploration of parallels and contrasts between the...
Treasures in Full: Renaissance Festival Books

If you're tired of waiting in a long queue for an ebook from your local library, the British Library offers this alternative - ebooks from the 15th century! Select from 253 digitized "Renaissance festival books ... that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700." These festivals were events such as coronations, betrothals, performances,...
Virginia Tech: Digitized Rare Books

The library at Virginia Tech has many rare volumes. This particular digitization project brings together dozens of those tomes. The focus of this collection is on works from the library's Culinary History Collection, and these items do not disappoint. Anyone with an interest in cookery will want to peruse many of these volumes as they offer insight into the history of this most noble activity from...