Take a sneak video peek at our current exhibit at Elmer L. Andersen Library: The Best from Pen and Press, which includes 3000-year-old cuneiform tablets, a 16th century “Remembrancer Scroll,” and much more.
The materials come from the James Ford Bell Library, the Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the University Libraries’ Rare Book collections.
The exhibits — located in two galleries at Andersen Library — focus on the “best” rare and unique books and manuscripts drawn from Minnesota institutions and individuals.
“One of the things we were hoping to accomplish with this exhibition is to bring materials out for the general public that they can see and can actually relate to,” says Marguerite Ragnow, co-curator of the exhibit and the curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota.
Materials include 3,000-year-old cuneiform
Ragnow listed a number of rare and unique items, including:
- Cuneiform that is more than 3,000 years old
- A book containing a Rembrandt etching
- William Bligh’s book that tells the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty and his 47-day open boat journey across 3,600 miles on the Pacific Ocean
- A 1611 handwritten charter from King James of England to the emperor of Japan
Co-curator Tim Johnson talks about an English, 16th century remembrancer scroll.
“It was put together by an official in the court — either of the queen or the king — a list of items that needed to be attended to,” Johnson says.
“This is an exhibit that has broad appeal — from school groups to retired adults,” Johnson adds. “Everybody will find something of interest here.”