IUP Libraries Showcases Rare Books and Artifacts on September 5

Posted on 9/4/2019 1:33:09 PM

The IUP Department of Special Collections and Archives hosts “Into the Archives: The Medievalists” on September 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The department is located in Stapleton Library 305.

Experience some of the nation's earliest printed works in this deep dive into the IUP Special Collections and Archives.

This event is the first of a series organized by Marquel Sherry, a PhD student in IUP’s Literature and Criticism program, and Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist Harrison Wick. 

This program highlights a number of printed works from the Special Collection and Archives Department, including the Gutenberg Bible, the Torah, Beowulf and the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Presenters will show and discuss rare first editions, special illustrated editions, and other artifacts of note.

In addition to presentations by Sherry and Wick, the program includes a short lecture by Department of English professor Michael T. Williamson on how people read these books when they were newly printed, how they survived for centuries, and what they might mean now. 

Special Collections and University Archives actively collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to the institutional history of IUP, as well as the Pennsylvania Collection, rare books, artifacts, and historical information relevant to the region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.