Unusual and Rare Items
from the Library's Collections
In celebrating 20 years since the dedication of the Harvey A. Andruss Library building, the library is proud to put on display rare and unusual items from its collections. These include microforms related to the League of Nations and United Nations, puzzles and other government documents recording the activities of NASA, a panoramic photograph of a 50-year encampment at the Gettysburg battlefield in 1913, issues of a humor magazine from the Soviet Union, and the oldest book in the library. Items related to the arts include a theater poster, model of a set design, and phonograph records and a whip from the circus. A third case has material documenting the history of Bloomsburg University: an account ledger from the 1896-1897 school year, a watch once worn by former president Harvey A. Andruss, the pendulum that swung in Old Science Hall, a book once owned by first president Henry Carver, and glass slides used for science instruction at the Bloomsburg State Normal School.
The exhibit is on display in the flat cases and one set of wall cases in front of the University Archives on the third floor of Andruss Library. As part of the celebration, a contest is being held to guess the age of the oldest book. The exhibit will be on display until October 12, 2018.
The University Archives periodically creates online or 'virtual' exhibits to highlight the Archives' collections and the history of Bloomsburg University.
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