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Online: Digitizing Douglass

In honor of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday, and in conjunction with his being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Rochester, we have used digital technology and vast expertise here at the University, to bring this bust of Frederick Douglass into the 21st-century and to the world through 3-D imagining.



Read all about it! We are pleased to introduce our new blog, with information from RBSCP, the Robbins Library, and the University Archives.

Exhibition: All the Days of Her Life: Amelia E. Barr, Readership, Authorship & Womanhood
Amelia Barr’s writing is rarely read today but at the beginning of the20th century she was one of the most popular woman authors in America and certainly one of the most prolific. Barr is also a model for perseverance in the face of adversity...read more
Exhibition: Opening Cultural Borders with Translation: Ten Years of Open Letter Books
This exhibit commemorates and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the University of Rochester’s Open Letter Books and the transfer of its archive to the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. ... read more
Exhibition: Sit In. Walk Out. Stand Up. University Activism, 1962-73
To describe the year 1968—a year of assassinations, riots, war, and protests for civil and social rights—as a turning point, both at the University of Rochester and around the world, would be an understatement. But causes and effects of 1968 should not be viewed without the context of that which came before and after... read more
Rare Book Collections
Printed books, journals and pamphlets from 1472 to the present.
Online Projects and Publications
Lincoln and his Circle, Frederick Douglass Project, Online Exhibits, Undergraduate Student Projects.
Manuscript and Special Collections
Letters, diaries, architectural drawings, maps, prints, photographs and more.
Databases for Manuscript, Book and Print Collections
University Archives
Manuscript and printed materials about the history of the University of Rochester.
Preservation Program
Information about our Preservation and Conservation programs, Disaster Manual, etc.


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