The Boston Public Library has unveiled some of its most outstanding, expansive, and renowned holdings as part of its initial Collections of Distinction.
The collections highlight holdings from the library’s more than 22 million items and include an array of books, maps, manuscripts, letters, drawings, and other original works dating back as early as the 10th century.
The 18 collections include topics such as Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts, Maritime Charts and Atlases, and American Civil War 20th Massachusetts Regiment materials. There are also holdings related to Shakespeare, John Adams, and William A. Dwiggins.
The criteria was established by the library’s subject experts and its Special Collections Committee.
The new Collections of Distinction are given priority in terms of access, acquisition, digitization, and preservation. The library plans to continue to identify additional candidates for Collections of Distinction status.
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“It is our great privilege to house, preserve, and share these unique collections that are at the heart of what makes Boston Public Library a dynamic research institution,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “Libraries are centers of knowledge, ideas, and opportunity. We encourage and invite the residents of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to engage with these treasures and celebrate the cultural heritage they contain.”