Members Trip to Providence

ATBL members view rare books at JCBL.

ATBL members view rare books at JCBL.

This past October ATBL members journeyed to Providence, RI, to see the remarkable collections of the John Carter Brown Library, the John Hay Library, the Providence Athenaeum, and the library and art works of the Rhode Island School of Design.  They received private tours by the directors and curators and examined the rare treasures each institution owns.

The JCBL houses an internationally renowned collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas before c. 1825.  The John Hay Library has the foremost American military collection and outstanding Lincoln rooms.  The Athenaeum is Providence’s oldest cultural institution and America’s fourth oldest library.  It contains rare first editions of 19th century American authors, including Edgar Allen Poe who used to meet his girlfriend there escaping the eyes of her mother.  The Rhode Island School of Design Library is a marvel of re-use, taking a bank building and turning it into a multi-layered, multiple use student center.

The RISD Museum, across the river, had a special site-specific installation of glass artist Dale Chihuly (RISD MFA ’68 Ceramics) to inaugurate the new building which contains 80,000 works from Greek and Roman sculpture to French Impressionist painting, plus a large collection of 20th century art.

The ATBL offers one rare book viewing and one domestic trip a year.  One of the benefits of being an ATBL Library Fellow donor and above is being invited to these rare-book viewings and special tours of libraries.

To see more photos of the trip visit the GALLERY

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