May 24, 2022

U. of Pennsylvania Libraries Release Digitized Collection of Rare Books About Horses and Horsemanship

From the University of Pennsylvania News:

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries announce the release of the digitized Fairman Rogers Collection, a library of rare and unique books devoted to horses and horsemanship.

Primarily published in the 19th century with some imprints dating to the 16th century, the collection of 1,054 rare volumes serves as a foundation for scholarly study of the role of the horse in the technical, scientific and social evolution of 19th-century Europe and North America. The collection includes medical guides, stud books and books on shoeing, harnessing, training, riding, driving, racing, keeping a proper stable and breeds and breeding.


“The Fairman Rogers Collection is one of the largest collections, focused on 19th-century horses,” said Ann Greene, undergraduate coordinator and lecturer in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science. “It’s not just about breeding or one breed or riding or racing but offers access to many topics under one roof.”

The release of the digitized collection marks the first milestone in an ongoing project to reformat and conserve the materials. It’s also the first time the Libraries has digitized an entire printed collection.

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