Rare Books Enrich Library’s Collection

The Hope College Van Wylen Library has received a gift of four very rare Dutch books, printed between 1669 and 1738, and all are related to exploration and travel. A gift from Keith Miller, grandson of Herman Miller, the books represent a particular place and period in the history of printing when European readers had […]

Ex Libris Eleanor Roosevelt

As the Metadata Librarian, one of the best parts of my job is cataloging our rare book collection. Lots of interesting and quirky things pop across my desk. Today’s item is brought to you by the David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton gift donation. The book, All I Want is Everything (Funk & Wagnalls Co., New York, […]

Rare Books and Metadata, or, What I Learned on Summer Vacation

What makes a book rare or special? How do we, as librarians and archivists, create access to our often siloed rare book collections? These are some of the questions I had a chance to ponder while attending Rare Book School at the Alderman Library on the campus of the University of Virginia this summer. Thanks […]

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Hailey Perecki for her winning piece, entitled “The Flickering Torch Mystery,” one of many entered into the Altered Book Art Contest at Van Wylen Library. Students in Stephanie Milanowski’s class had their altered books on display at the library on the first floor for several weeks in March. If you missed it this […]

Armenian Gospel – Part II

Editor’s note: The following, written by Humanities Librarian Patrick Morgan, is the second in a series about a book found within Van Wylen Library’s rare book collection. Read the first post here. I would like to claim that the delay in writing up this second installment of the Armenian Gospel saga is due only to my refractory […]

Armenian Gospel – Part I

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series about a book found within Van Wylen Library’s rare book collection written by Humanities Librarian, Patrick Morgan. Part II is available here. So, for the past few weeks I have been nursing a mild obsession (yes, these exist ) with a book we  recently rediscovered among […]