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The Great Collections: Agassiz, Barbour, Bigelow, Brewster, Cabot, de Koninck, Faxon, Garman, Hagen, Thayer, Whitney
(1986)
  • Roxane Coombs
  • Robert J. O'Hara
Abstract
Museums and libraries are institutions in the same spirit. Both arise from the instinct for collecting, and the same desire to bring order to diversity. We have chosen as a theme for this exhibition the great private book collections which have been given to the Library of the Museum through its history of over a century, and in so doing we pay tribute to this instinct for collecting which has led to the creation of both types of institutions. It is no coincidence that many of this Museum’s curators have been great book collectors, and their many bequests to the Museum Library are featured prominently in this exhibition, as are those of others who have been less formally associated with the Museum. Like any exhibition which is drawn from a large collection or set of collections, this display shows only a fragment of the richness which exists in these libraries. We hope that it will nevertheless give some idea of the components from which the Museum Library has been built, and honor those who have helped to build it.
Keywords
  • natural history,
  • libraries,
  • museums,
  • exhibit catalogs,
  • archives
Publication Date
September, 1986
Publisher
Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.4895.6249
Publisher Statement
An Exhibition Drawn From the Great Private Book Collections Given to the Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, During its 125 Year History. Mounted in Celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of Harvard College, 4 September–14 December 1986.
Citation Information
Roxane Coombs and Robert J. O'Hara. The Great Collections: Agassiz, Barbour, Bigelow, Brewster, Cabot, de Koninck, Faxon, Garman, Hagen, Thayer, Whitney. Cambridge, Mass.(1986)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rjohara/10/