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Libraries’ ‘OPENINGS’ exhibition reveals highlights from unique collections

On display through Jan. 14 in the Eberly Family Special Collections Exhibition Gallery

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In the spirit of (re)openings, the Penn State University Libraries’ Eberly Family Special Collections is pleased to present a new exhibition titled “OPENINGS: Highlights from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library.” The exhibition features 21 "openings” — of books, boxes and folders — from a selection of its rare, unique, and distinctive collections.

Located in the Eberly Family Special Collections Exhibition Gallery at 104 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus, the exhibition is on display weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 14, 2022.

Diverse in subject, creators, formats and historical periods, the openings on view highlight some of the surprising and wondrous discoveries that may be found within Special Collections and serve as inspiration for research, teaching, and creativity.

Materials on display include majestic illustrations to "Genesis" by the great American artist Jacob Lawrence, 15th-century illuminated manuscripts, a Victorian photo album that also plays music, a rare and colorful Victorian era visual math book, prints by the renowned Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, as well as the remarkable Dai Food pop up by Pennsylvania based book artist Colette Fu. 

As always, items on view are available for research in the Special Collections reading room, located adjacent to the gallery, by making an appointment online at Follow Special Collections on Instagram @psuspecialcollections or Twitter @psuspecialcoll1 to see more highlights and hear about upcoming programming.

“OPENINGS: Highlights from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library” is generously supported with funds from the Sandra K. Stelts and Ronald L. Filippelli Exhibitions Program Endowment for Special Collections.

For more information, including tour requests and questions about accommodations provided for this exhibition, contact Clara Drummond, curator and exhibitions coordinator, at or call the Special Collections Library reference desk at 814-865-1793.

Last Updated November 02, 2021