The Spring 2005 exhibition in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery, “A Manuscript Sampler: Highlights from the University of Delaware Library Manuscript Collections,” will be on view from February 15 – June 17, 2005 in the Morris Library, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. The exhibition, which is open to the public at no charge, is curated by Timothy Murray, Head, Special Collections Department, and will coincide with the annual meeting of the Manuscript Society which will be held in Wilmington, Delaware, May 23 – 28, 2005. The Manuscript Society was founded in 1948 as the National Society of Autograph Collectors, and has since grown to an international membership of over 1,800 including dealers, private collectors, scholars, authors, and caretakers of public collections, such as librarians, archivists, and curators. There are also many historical societies, museums, special libraries, and academic libraries which are institutional members, including the University of Delaware Library. Attendees of the Manuscript Society meeting will visit the University of Delaware Library on Thursday, May 26, 2005, to view “A Manuscript Sampler.”
The University of Delaware Library houses world-renowned manuscript and archival collections in a variety of subject areas with particular strengths in English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; art and architecture, horticulture; and the history of science and technology. “A Manuscript Sampler” will display examples from all of these collections. Among the notable items on view will be original manuscripts or letters by literary figures such as Robert Burns, Paul Bowles, James Fenimore Cooper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, Bernard Shaw, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Tennessee Williams, and William Butler Yeats. Manuscripts of historical and political notables will include examples from John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. Rare chemical and alchemical manuscripts will be on display, as well as scarce Delaware historical manuscripts and documents.
” ‘A Manuscript Sampler’ offers a unique opportunity to view the rarest and most important manuscript treasures in the University of Delaware Library collection, some of which have heretofore only been seen by scholars,” stated Susan Brynteson, the May Morris Director of Libraries.