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Friends of the Library present 75th anniversary exhibition, Nov. 13-April 16

The Friends of the Princeton University Library are celebrating their 75th anniversary with an exhibition of holdings acquired with the group's support from Sunday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, April 16, in Firestone Library's main gallery.

The exhibition, titled "The Lure of the Library: The Friends at 75," will include a kickoff lecture by renowned collector William Scheide, a member of Princeton's class of 1936, at 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 in 101 McCormick Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 4 p.m. in the Firestone main gallery.

"Individually and collectively, the friends have generously supported the University Library for three-quarters of a century by enabling Princeton University to acquire items that we may not otherwise have been able to collect," noted La Nina Clayton, curator of the exhibition and the head of public services for Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. "With their support, we have been able to acquire rare books, manuscripts, archives, artifacts, historic maps, coins and graphic arts, some of which are included in the exhibition."

Among these acquisitions featured in the exhibition are the Morris Parrish (class of 1888) collection of Victorian novelists, the Phillip Ashton Rollins (class of 1889) collection of Western Americana, the Robert Garrett (class of 1887) collection of Islamic manuscripts, the Grenville Kane collection of Americana and the Robert Taylor (class of 1930) collection of English and American literature.

One of the oldest such groups in the country, the friends' membership includes more than 700 people who live around the world.

Two additional exhibition-related events will be held during the spring semester. Stephen Ferguson, curator of rare books, will discuss "Collecting Rare Books in University Libraries: How Did it Start at Princeton?" on Thursday, Feb. 16 (time and location to be determined). Patricia Marks, a 2003 graduate alumnus who is a member of the friends and a former editor of the Princeton University Library Chronicle, will present a talk titled "A Passion for Books: Collectors and Their Quarry" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Firestone's main gallery.

The main gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 8 p.m. Wednesdays and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends. Tours of the exhibition will be held on the following Sundays at 4 p.m.: Dec. 11, Feb. 12 and April 2.

For more information, contact Clayton at (609) 258-3184.

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