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Apr.†4, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 10

In Princeton’s collections

In response to: President's Page

Published on April†4, 2012

I’d like to add some information to articles in the March 7 issue. First, I appreciated the mention in the President’s Page of the Pathť Baby project for graphic arts that Lynn Shostack w’69 supported. Lynn’s first project enabled the library to catalog and digitize its collection of Islamic manuscripts, the largest in North America. We now have online-catalog records for almost all of the manuscripts, and PAW readers can see the most important manuscripts here: http://library.princeton.edu/projects/islamic/index.html.†

The “Moment With” Jack Bogle ’51 reminded me that University archivist Dan Linke was fortunate enough to acquire his papers some years ago for the Mudd Manuscript Library.

From Princeton’s Vault,” on the student artwork that went to the World’s Columbian Exposition, reminded me how the magnificent drawings got to Mudd. In 1990, someone suggested that I ask Steve Slaby for his papers, since he had been a campus activist during his years as a professor of graphics and engineering. When I went to his office, I noticed the drawings on his wall and suggested that — in addition to his papers — these framed drawings belonged at the Archives. He agreed, and I carried them across Olden Street to Mudd and hung them there.

For information on the Bogle and Slaby papers, use the search field at http://findingaids.princeton.edu/.

Finally, W. Barksdale Maynard ’88’s article on the Antioch expeditions leaves out another important benefit of Princeton’s leadership of the expedition — the amazing collection of coins that is part of the library’s numismatic collection: http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/department/numismatics/.

BEN PRIMER
Associate University Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library

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