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A new, permanent digital exhibition on nypl.org, Treasures of The New York Public Library offers an intimate glimpse into many of NYPL's most legendary collections. Featuring some 100 treasures (with additional "stars" being added to the site on an ongoing basis), the exhibition offers an entertaining, visually appealing, and educational introduction to the breadth, variety, and magic of The New York Public Library's vast holdings — most of which are rarely on public display. Drawing upon the expertise of the Library's curators and librarians, Treasures includes illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, historical menus, artwork, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Treasures is organized around fourteen broad themes, from Americana to The Written Word. Through explanatory texts, image captions, and tags, each treasure is placed within its historical and cultural context. Also, links provide guidance to relevant content within the wider world of nypl.org, pointing to:

Treasures of The New York Public Library, along with its companion Treasures Video Series, is a wonderful window into the collections of one of the world's greatest cultural institutions — and it's available to everyone, anywhere in the world, 24/7.

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Questions, comments, suggestions? Write to: treasures@nypl.org.


Interested in obtaining a reproduction of a Treasures item? High-resolution images are available for licensing for personal use and for professional reproduction through Photographic Services and Permissions; the low-resolution web images available on Treasures of The New York Public Library are suitable for immediate printing or downloading to provide good-quality reference copies for research and educational purposes.