Jewels in Her Crown: Treasures of Columbia University Libraries Special Collections


Sixteenth Century

1500   Denga [Silver wire coin], Moscow (16th century)
1514-1515   Nocturnale for Carthusian Use
1515   Articella nuperrime impressa cum quamplurimis tractatibus pristine impressioni superadditis
1516   Iamblichus Chalcidensis (ca. 240-325).  De mysteriis Aegyptiorum, Chaldaeorum, Assyriorum
1517   Homer (fl. 9th or 8th century BCE?).  Ilias; Ulyssea; Batrachomyomachia; Hymni xxxii
1521   Jacopo Berengario da Carpi (1460?-1530?). Commentaria cum amplissimis additionibus super anotomia Mundini
1525   Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).  Underweysung der Messung
1526   Martin Luther (1483-1546).  Der Prophet Jona 
1528   Hans von Gersdorff (1455-1529).  Feldtbuch der Wundartzney
1541   Sebastiano Serlio (1475-1554).  Book VI, On Domestic Architecture
1543   Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564).  De humani corporis fabrica libri septem
1546   Babylonian Talmud
1550   Kuzuoka Nobuyoshi (1629-1717).  Urashima Tarō
    Gospel lectionary
1556   Georg Agricola (1494-1555).  De re metallica 
1557   Thomas Littleton (1422-1481).  Tenures. London: Richard Tottell, 1557 
1558   Astrolabe
1563   John Shute (d. 1563).  The First and Chief Grovndes of Architectvre
1570   John De Beauchesne (1538? -after 1610) and John Baildon (fl. 1570).  A Booke Containing Divers Sortes of Hands
    Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598).  Theatrum orbis terrarum
1573   Giovanni Andrea dalla Croce (1509?-1580).   Chirurgiae...libri septem 
1590   Antoine Lafréry (1512-1577).  Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
    Joan Oliva (1580-1615).  Portolan atlas of five charts of the the European and African Coasts
1595   Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599).  Colin Clouts Come Home Again
1597   Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1545-1599).  De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem

Eighteenth Century

1700   Hornbook mould, 18th century? – Wood, England?
1702   Henry Purcell (1659-1695).  Orpheus Britannicus.
1722   Peter I, Czar of Russia (1672-1725).  Patent
1730   The Beggar's Opera – playing cards, England
1734   William Caslon (1693-1766).  A Specimen by W. Caslon
1738-1772   François de Cuvilliés (1695-1768).  A collection of engravings
1739   Leonard Euler (1707-1783).  Tentamen novae theoriae musicae
1746-1754   Thomas Wright (1711-1786).  Various & Valuable Sketches and Designs of Buildings
1747-1758   New York City, Coroner's Office Minutes of the Coroner's Proceedings in the City and County of New York
1762   James Adam (d. 1794).  British Order – Ink and wash on paper
1766   Vesperal – Manuscript on paper, Austro-Hungarian Empire
1767   Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Elevazione ortografica della Tribuna, e del Presbiterio della Basilica Lateranense
1768   A plan of the boundary lines between the Province of Maryland and the three lower counties on the Delaware
1770   King's College Board of Trustees Draft of medical diploma of Robert Tucker
    Catherine II, Empress of Russia (1729-1796).  Nakaz Eia Imperatorskago Velichestva Ekateriny Vtoriya, Samoderzhitsy Vserossiiskiia dannyi Kommissii o sochinenii proekta novago ulozheniia
1771   John Hunter (1728-1793).  The Natural History of the Human Teeth
1774   James Graham.   Doctor Bard's Lectures upon the Palsey
1775   Abraham Swan (ca. 1720-ca. 1765). A Collection of Designs in Architecture
1778-1788   Whittier Perkins' Yankee Doodle: A Collection of Dancing Tunes, Marches & Song Tunes, ca. 1778-1788
1780   Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).  Composing stick
    Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827).  Portrait of Alexander Hamilton
    Alexander and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Gold double-band wedding ring and wedding handkerchiefs
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan – Miniature portrait
1785-1828   DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828).  Letterbooks
1786   Phyllis Wheatley (1753-1784).  Poems on various subjects, religious and moral
1788   John Jay (1745-1829).  Federalist Number 5
1789-1796   Tammany Society Journal & Rules of the Council of Sachems of Saint Tammany's Society
    Ephraim Kirby (1757-1804).  Reports of cases adjudged in the Superior Court of Connecticut
1791   Luigi Galvani (1737-1798). De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari commentarius
1793-1799   Alexander Anderson (1775-1870). Diarium commentarium vitae Alexander Anderson
1795   Archibald Robertson (ca. 1745-1813). New York from Long Island
1798-1799   George Washington (1732-1799).  Proposals for the additional army
1799   France. Ministère de la Marine Comptabilité particulière du Citoyen David, pour l'Expedition d'Angleterre

Nineteenth Century

1800   Alexander Anderson (1775-1870).  Wood engraving of garden-house scene
    Tibetan Printing Block
    L. S. Alexander Gumby (1885-1961).  Collection of Negroiana
    Lexicographical Works – Manuscript, Nestorian, on paper
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816).  School for Scandal – Manuscript
1801   Joseph Mazzinghi (1765-1844).  Chains of the Heart, or the Slave by Choice
1801-1900   Fabric "cheat sheet" – China, ink on silk
1808   Kara George (1762-1817).  Agreement – Belgrade
1810   Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).  Die X Gebothe Gottes
1816   Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).  Wellingtons-Sieg, oder: Die Schlacht bey Vittoria, Opus 91.
1817   William Samuel Johnson (1795-1883).  Litchfield notebook of law lecture courses
1818   Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851).  Frankenstein, or, the modern Prometheus
1819   René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec (1781 - 1826).  De l'Auscultation Médiate
1820   Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).  Notes on Mozart's Requiem and sketch for Missa Solemnis
1822   The African Union Hymn book, designed as a companion for the pious, and friends of all denominations
1824   Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).  Arithmetic exercises from manuscript sum book 
1826   Alexander I, Czar of Russia (1777-1825).  Funeral scroll
1827-1838   John James Audubon (1785-1851).  The Birds of America
1828   Robert Stephenson and Company, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  "America" – Watercolor drawing
1829   Alexander Bestuzhev (1797-1837).  On Your Namesake Day 
    Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838).  Memorie. In tre volume. Seconda editione corretta, ampliata e accresciuta
    Frances Anne Kemble (1809-1893).  Muslin bodice of the costume worn as Juliet
1830   Alexandra Vereshchagina (1810-1873).  Autograph album
1833   Andō Hiroshige (1797-1858).  Tōkaidō Gojūsantsugi no uchi: Fujikawa (Fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō: Fujikawa station)
1834   Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892).  United States Custom House
1835   Frances Anne Kemble (1809-1893).  Journal by Frances Anne Butler
1837   Nicholas I, Czar of Russia (1796-1855).  Autograph letter, signed, to Count Alexander Benckendor
1839   Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787-1851).  Historique et description des procédés du daguerréotype et du diorama
1840   Trinity Church perspective view – Watercolor on paper
    Minard Lafever (1797-1854).  Drawings for unbuilt church in Brooklyn Heights, 1840
1841   Georgios Kalognomos Enchiridion peri synallagmatikon
1843   Washington Hand Press
    Johannes Andreae (d. 1348).  De arbore consanguinitatis, affinitatis et cognitionis spiritualis
1845-1846   Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861).  Yume no ukihashi (Bridge of dreams)
1846   John Plumbe (1809-1857).  Daguerreotype portrait of Alexander Anderson
    David Octavius Hill (1802-1870).  A Series of Calotype Views of St. Andrews 
1849   William Pratt (1822-1893).  Daguerreotype portrait of Edgar Allan Poe
1850-1851   Martin M. Lawrence (1808-1859).  Portrait of John Watson Webb
1851   Harper & Brothers Contract between Herman Melville and Harper & Brothers for "The Whale," [Moby Dick]
1854   Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851. 
1855   Amanoto Toryū (1818-1877).  Kyōka chakizai gazōshū
    Walt Whitman (1819-1892).  Leaves of Grass
1860   Florence Nightingale (1820-1910).  Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is Not
    A. A. Turner.  Portrait of Florence Nightingale
1861   Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).  Manuscript letter in John Hay's hand, signed by Lincoln
1863-1869   Louis Prang (1824-1909).  Views in Central Park, New York
1865   Architectural Iron Works of New York. Illustrations of Iron Architecture
1869-1870   John Stuart Mill (1806-1873).  Autobiography of J. S. Mill, written by himself
1872   Daly's Theatre, New York City.   Account book
1873-1878   Stanford White (1853-1906).  Album of family letters with sketches
1878   Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893).  Ueber die Localisationen der Gehirn-Krankheiten
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896).  Symphony IV, (Romantic)
1882-1883   Memorial to the Columbia College Board of Trustees
1886   Eastman Johnson (1824-1906).  Portrait of Fredrick A. P. Barnard, 1886
1889   Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1938).  Communism
    Hirobumi Itō (1841-1909).  Teikoku kenpō, Kōshitsu tenpan gige [Commentaries on the Constitution of the Empire of Japan and Imperial ordinance]
    Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860-1908).  Indian Suite, [Suite No. 2, Op. 48]
1890   Chen Menglei (1651-1741) and Jiang Tingxi (1669-1732).  Qin ding gu jin tu shu ji cheng
1891   Dwight's retirement folio – Commissioned for Theodore W. Dwight by Columbia Law School students of the classes of 1891 and 1892 
1893   Amanda Smith (1837-1915).  An Autobiography: the story of the Lord's dealing with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the Colored Evangelist
    Stephen Crane (1871-1900).  Maggie, a Girl of the Streets, a story of New York, by Johnston Smith
1894   Charles Follen McKim (1847-1909).  Typed letter, signed, to Stanford White, with initial sketch of Low Library, Columbia University
1895   Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924).  Drawing for Doorknob, Guaranty Building, Buffalo, New York, 1895
    Yale & Towne.   Doorknob, Guaranty Building – Cast iron
1896   Kelmscott Press.  Specimen copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer
    Michael Idvorsky Pupin (1858-1935).  X-ray photograph of lead shot in hand
1899   Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935).  The Yellow Wall Paper
nd   George Sanders (1774-1856), After. Portait of George Gordon, Lord Byron 

Twentieth Century

1900-1904   William Barclay Parsons (1859-1932).  Diary, Rapid Transit System of New York
    Collection of magical prayers and "images" – Manuscript on parchment, Ethiopian
1901-1930   Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919).  Carnegie Corporation of New York Records of College Donations, New York
1902-1904   Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959).  Drawing of dining room, Dana House, Springfield, Illinois
1904   Columbia University Silver cup presented to Edward MacDowell by Columbia students
1906   K. F. von Gan.  Czar Nicholas II with his family – Photograph
    Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967).  Notes and rough drafts
1908   Arthur Rackham (1867 -1939).  Sketchbook for A Midsummer Night's Dream, ca. 1908
1910   Carnegie Family Convention, Pittsburgh – Black and white photograph 
    Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919).  Typed letter, signed, to Robert A. Franks 
    Jane Addams (1860-1935).  Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes ...
1911   Yatsuka Hozumi (1860-1912).  Kenpō Teiyō [Outline of the Constitution]
1912-1913   Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).  Totem und Tabu
    Fortune Theatre Model
1913   Greene & Greene.  Detail drawing of decorative window, Earle C. Anthony House, Los Angeles, California
    Emily Grace Briggs (1867-1944).  The Deaconess in the Ancient and Medieval Church
1914   Gertrude Stein (1874-1946).  Tender Buttons, Objects, Food, Rooms
1915   Lillian D. Wald (1867-1940).  The House on Henry Street 
1917   Rafael Guastavino (1842-1908).  Drawing for Dater House, Montecito, California
    Rafael Guastavino (1842-1908).  Tile made for Dater House
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).  Two Stories
1918-1919   Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942).  Photograph of slum children, ca. 1918-19
    Harold Miller Lewis (1893-1978).  Laboratory notebook, recording Edwin H. Armstrong's discovery of superheterodyne reception
1920   Jo Davidson (1883-1952).  Portrait of V. K. Wellington Koo 
1921   Hendrick Petrus Berlage (1856-1934).  Frank Lloyd Wright. Wendingen 
    Sigmund Freud (1859-1939).  Contract for "The Psycho-Analytic Problem of the War"
    Academic cap worn by Marie Curie while receiving honors at American colleges and universities
    Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867-1934).  Impressions of America
1923   Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944).  Portrait of Myself
1924   Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).  Self-portrait
1927   Gustav Holst (1874-1934).  Egdon Heath
1929   Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971) and Frederic Dannay (1905-1982).  The Roman Hat Mystery: A Problem in Deduction
    Hart Crane (1899-1932).  The Bridge
1930-1931   Lewis Hine (1874-1940).  Photograph of welder, Empire State Building
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945).  Application to Union Seminary
    Elizaveta Kuzmina-Karavaeva Skobtsova (1891-1945).  Untitled
    James Joyce (1882-1941).  Ulysses
    Thomas W. Lamb (1871-1942).  Drawing for a proposed new lobby, Audubon Ballroom, New York City 
1931   Chinese Paper Gods – Chinese paper, ink, and watercolor
    Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947).  Medal, Nobel Prize for Peace, 1931
    Joseph Urban (1872-1933).  "Blue Nursery Scene," The Ziegfeld Follies, 1931
1932   Tatsukichi Minobe (1873-1948).  Kenpō satsuyō [Principles of the Constitution] 
    Alexei Remizov (1877-1957).  Deed (Gramota)
1933   Frances Perkins (1880-1965).  Draft notes of reply to F. D. Roosevelt on her nomination to the Cabinet
1934   Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944).  Maquettes made for costumes and scenery for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson's Four Saints in Three Acts 
1936   [Pigŭk sosŏl] Pulsanghan insaeng (An unhappy life)
    Yŏngsŏn (n.d.).  Syongdo mallyŏn pulgasari chyŏn (The account of a pulgasari in the last years of Songdo)
1937   Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977).  Untitled Poem, Album
1938   Edmonston Studio.   Harlan Fiske Stone with his law clerks – Photograph, Washington, DC.
1939   Rockwell Kent (1882-1971).  Ceramic cup, saucer, plate from the "Moby Dick" pattern
1940   René Bouchet.  Portrait of Bennett Cerf
1942   Béla Bartók (1881-1945).  Rumanian Folk Music
1942-1945   Varian Fry (1907-1967).  Surrender on Demand 
1943   Delano and Aldrich.  Marine Terminal, LaGuardia Airport
1944-1947   Ely Jacques Kahn (1884-1972).  Drawing, Dowling Theater, Times Square, New York City
1945   Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968).  Night Has a Thousand Eyes
1946   Peter H. L. Chang (Zhang Xueliang), (1901-2001).  "Recollections of Xian Incident [Review]" 
    Boris Artzybasheff (1899-1965).  Marian Anderson 
1947   Harrison & Abramovitz.   Sketch of original plans for United Nations building
1948   Thomas Merton (1915 -- 1968).  The Seven Storey Mountain 
    Telford Taylor (1908-1998).  US Army, Photo No. OMT-IX-P-7
    Tennessee Williams (1911-1983).  Early draft of The Eclipse of May 29, 1919 [The Rose Tattoo]
    Samuel (1899-1971) and Bella Cohen Spewack (1899-1990).  Kiss Me, Kate, "Script A"
1949-1959   Fukuda Bisen (1875-1963).  Chūgoku sanjū emaki
1949   Telford Taylor (1908-1998).  Statement on Nuremberg Trials for the International News Service
    Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000).  Annie Allen 
    First Tony award for Best Book (Musical), 1949
1950   Hiroshima Project
1950-1980   John Howard Griffin (1920-1980).  Journal
1951   [Kodae sosŏl] Tang Taejyong chyŏn (Biography of Tang Taizong)
1952   Ralph Ellison (1914-1994).  Working notes and outline for Invisible Man 
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).  Autograph letter, signed to Daniel Longwell
1954   Mikhail Taube (1869-1961).  Reminiscences, 1900-1917 [Fragment of a memoir]
1956   Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997).  Howl (for Carl Solomon)
    Douglas Moore (1893-1969).  "Augusta's Aria," from The Ballad of Baby Do
1957   Herbert L. Matthews (1900-1977).  Interview with Fidel Castro in Sierra Maestras Mountains
1958   Dawn Powell (1896-1965).  Charts & Casts & Notes for Golden Spur
1959-1960   Faried Adams R. v. Adams and others. South African Mass Treason Trial
1961   Judy Garland (1922-1969).  "The Judy Garland Story"
1962   John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963).  Executive Order, Equal Opportunity in Housing
1963   Presidential Medal of Freedom and Certificate Awarded to Herbert H. Lehman
    Photograph of President Johnson presenting the Medal of Freedom to Edith Altschul Lehman
1967   Tom Stoppard (b. 1937).  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead 
1969   Robert Wilson.  "The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud," A Three Act Dance-Theatre Concert, Brooklyn Academy of Music
1970   Kate Millett (b. 1934).  Sexual Politics [Submitted in partial fulfillment of the Ph.D.]
1974   Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997).  Untitled, 1974
1977   Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993).  Transcript of Oral History Interview
1983   W. R. Johnson (b. 1933).  Lilac Wind, poems by W.R. Johnson on a pulp painting made by Claire Van Vliet with Kathryn Clark
    Black glasses owned by Tennessee Williams at the time of his death
1985   Archdiocese of Sao Paulo.  Projeto A "Brasil: Nunca Mais"
1989   Vincent Fitz Gerald & Company.   Maquette for The Reed, by Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi, translated by Zahra Partovi
    Antonio Hernandez Palacios (1921-2000) and Will Eisner (b. 1917).  Les Droits de l'homme
    Harrison E. Salisbury (1908-1993).  China Diary-Tiananmen 

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