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José Montelongo

     When Lawrence C. Wroth published Some reflections on the book arts in early Mexico, in 1945, he didn’t know that one of the images included in this little book would catch the eye of an American anthropologist living in Mexico City. Robert...

As an opening event to kick off the Library's fall programming, members of the curatorial staff will join Director and Librarian Neil Safier for a whirlwind introduction to the renowned "Americana" collection of John Carter Brown, begun in 1846 and housed since 1901 in a stately...

Digital Item-of-the-Month

Taking advantage of our digital moment this month, we are inaugurating a monthly series that highlights a newly digitized item that has special historical significance and relevance across many fields of the JCB's collection – and that is not available elsewhere in digital form. 

Our first item is the Instructio[n]...

Map of the Month

The JCB’s cartographic collections contain a significant number of manuscript maps, which often tell a very different story about place-making in the early Americas than those maps that entered into the circuit of print. One such manuscript is a large, beautifully colored chart made in...

Map of the Month

The JCB recently acquired this beautifully colored and extremely rare 1779 map of the coastal and inland regions of what is today Senegal. Specifically, the map depicts the courses of the Senegal and Gambia Rivers, and it is overflowing with cartographic and narrative details that...