The Teaching Collection includes tools and materials, old and new. Professors may inquire about our hands-on instruction where students can experiment with these collections to learn traditional and innovative techniques to bind a book, to form a sheet of papyrus, or lock a letter.
The collection includes:
Students can explore and learn how to make simulacra (models) or “likenesses” of unique books and letters found in our Distinctive Collections. The models are available to view side-by-side the originals.
- our Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)
- Class of 1932 Sequentiary Choir Book
- locked letters written by William Barton Rogers
Historic & modern materials maker collection
- soft circuitry – papyrus sheets, handmade paper, artists’ decorative papers, sewing threads, inks.
- tools – quills, seals, and stamps.
Historical locked letters collection
- this collection is helping our international team of experts develop the resources for Letterlocking, a new field of study that combines conservation, history, literature, origami, imaging, and computation.
Distinctive Collections welcomes classroom visits to facilitate interaction with our collections – please use our form to request a class session. Instructors are encouraged to submit their requests several weeks in advance to ensure availability.