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It's a Library Thing: Non-Book Objects Across the Libraries

A lock of George Washington’s hair? A charango? Tarot cards? A barometer? A tray from Sharples? These unexpected and interesting objects are all part of the Libraries’ permanent collections. This exhibition features some of the non-traditional items found in the Friends Historical Library, the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, the Swarthmore College Archives, Cornell Library, Underhill Library, and the McCabe Library Rare Book Room.

collage image of items from the exhibition including an anti-war poster, early map of campus, and a Quaker bonnet


This exhibition highlights works from the Rare Book Room that focus on bridges. It features works in the Bathe Collection in the History of Technology, consisting of volumes on the history of technology before and after the Industrial Revolution, alongside contemporary whimsical works from our Book Arts and Private Press Collection.

Exhibition poster image features intricate suspension bridge cables