"Our Tools of Learning" : George Arthur Plimpton's Gifts to Columbia University

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Letter to Caroline Hazard

Typescript, copy, February 2, 1901

Plimpton Papers

In this letter to President Caroline Hazard, Plimpton laid out the conditions for the gift of the Frances Taylor Pearsons Plimpton Library of Italian Literature to Wellesley College.

Gift of George Arthur Plimpton


Bookplate of Frances T. P. Plimpton Italian Collection

Plimpton Family Papers

Gift of George Arthur Plimpton


Catalogue of the Frances Taylor Pearsons Plimpton Collection of Italian Books and Manuscripts in the Library of Wellesley College. Compiled by Margaret Hastings Jackson

Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1929

Plimpton Reference R850 AW45

In memory of his first wife, Frances Taylor Pearsons Plimpton, Wellesley Class of1884, George Arthur Plimpton presented the nucleus of this collection of Italian literature to Wellesley College in 1904, making additions from time to time. A portion of the collection was exhibited at the Grolier Club that year. As described by the Wellesley College Special Collection department, the Plimpton Collection is “renowned for its fine Renaissance manuscripts, incunabula, and early editions of Boccaccio, Dante, and Petrarch, many still in their original bindings. Savonarolla’s tracts and sermons are well represented, and holdings of early editions of Romances of Chivalry are particularly strong.”

Gift of George Arthur Plimpton


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