Book Fool Library Exhibit

September 15, 2021
Items from Grinnell Salisbury Collection

Book Fool: Reading a Bibliophile’s Library is installed now in the Burling Library Gallery in Burling basement. Featuring the Salisbury House Library Collection from Grinnell College Special Collections, explore some rare material from the stacks. Meet ‘the book fool’, a book collector setting sail from a 1570 Ship of Fools and a more recent book lover of 20th century Iowa. Learn more about the bibliophile who collected the Salisbury House Library Collection, the books and manuscripts that call it home, and how it came to Grinnell College. The exhibit features Salisbury House Library Collection material ranging from 1483 to the 1940s — learn more about the historical, modern, and unique items of the SHLC.

Visit this fall exhibit during Burling Library’s open hours September – December 2021. Join us for a glimpse into the Salisbury House Library Collection and its exciting new chapter at Grinnell College. The SHLC is currently being processed but is open for research. For questions about the exhibit, collection, or how to visit, connect with the project archivist working with the collection and Special Collections staff.

Can’t make it in or want a sneak peek? The digital exhibit is live now! Explore the collection through Story Maps and learn more about the items on display. Learn more about the collection, featured items, projects, and more on our website.

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