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Treasures of the McDonald Collection

For book lovers and print culture enthusiasts, Oregon State University's Mary McDonald Rare Book and Manuscript Collection contains items created from the year 3000 BCE through the twentieth century. Collectively, these materials illustrate the global history of writing and print. In this online exhibit, visitors can closely examine select digitized items. These items are organized into categories that include A Brief History of writing (which highlights a Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet from the year 2041 BCE); The Rise of Craft Bookbinding (which features a number of photographs of gold tooling and feathered marbling on book covers and bindings); and Improving the Press (which exhibits a striking colored plate from an eighteenth century British gardening manual). In addition to these resources related to the early history of press, the McDonald Collection also contains a number of items dedicated to more recent developments in nineteenth and twentieth century print. For example, the Printed Media and the American Civil War section considers how the war influenced the American newspaper industry. Meanwhile, Literature in the Modern Era includes photographs of pulp fiction covers from the 1930s.
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February 24th, 2017
Date Of Record Creation
February 23rd, 2017 at 12:16pm
Date Of Record Release
February 23rd, 2017 at 2:42pm
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