"Century for the Millennium" exhibition features 100 treasures; tours offered through November

Aug. 3, 2000 3:20 p.m.

The most intriguing treasure in a collection of masterworks on display at the Princeton University Library may be the one that cannot be seen: 1,131 letters written by the poet T.S. Eliot to his secret muse, Emily Hale. The letters -- given to the library on the condition that they remain sealed until 2020 -- are exhibited in wrapped boxes under steel bands.

Other treasures in the Princeton University Library's "A Century for the Millennium" exhibition, however, are in full view. Chosen from collections in the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library, items on display begin with a ceramic cylinder bearing an inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II (604-561 B.C.), King of Babylon, and progress through the next 3,000 years.

Guided tours of the exhibition are scheduled for Sept. 10 at 4 p.m., Oct. 8 at 3 p.m., and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601