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A Closer Look at the New York Public Library

The main reading room

larger version here

<p>Freestanding at 78 feet wide by 297 feet long, with 52 feet high ceilings</p>


<p>Secret spiral staircase in the reading room</p>



The center divider in the main reading room is for staff


<p>"A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life" - John Milton. Leading from the catalog room to the main reading room.</p>


<p>In the catalog room you'll find scans of the old card catalog contents.</p>



<p>Isaac Gewirtz pulled these items for us in <a href="www.nypl.org/research/chss/ spe/brg/berg.html">the Berg Room</a>, which he curates the collection of.</p>


Charles Dickens had his old cat's paw mounted to a letter opener for reasons we'll never understand.


The desk of Charles Dickens.


"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," handwritten by Mark Twain.


Walt Whitman took this ad out in the NY Times for his new poem, selling for 4 cents. This is in his own writing.


Edgar Allen Poe sent this copy of the Raven to Elizabeth Barrett Browning.



<p>The conservation lab.</p>


<p>Conservation tools.</p>


<p>Old timey cutter.</p>


<p>A conservator works on this piece of newsprint.</p>


<p>Another conservator at work.</p>


<p>This is Charles Dickens's own copy of "A Christmas Carol" that he used for public readings. His edits, voice instruction, and notes on audience reaction are in the margins.</p>



<p>From <a href="http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/ spe/rbk/pforz.html">the CarlH. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle</a>.</p>


<p>From <a href="http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/ spe/rbk/pforz.html">the CarlH. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle</a>.</p>


<p>From <a href="http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/ spe/rbk/pforz.html">the CarlH. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle</a>.</p>


<p>"Female Husband!" is allegedly one of the many transgender stories of the time. From <a href="http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/ spe/rbk/pforz.html">the CarlH. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle</a>.</p>


<p>From <a href="http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/ spe/rbk/pforz.html">the CarlH. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle</a>. On the left is Shelley's first wife's suicide letter.</p>


<p>Remains of <a href="http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/Croton/croton.html">the Croton Reservoir</a></p>



<p>The zip tube sends requests from patrons to staff, it's been used at the library since the beginning and is housed in the catalog room.</p>


<p>The catalog room: now computerized.</p>


<p>The dictionary in the Allen Room. </p>


<p>The Allen Room is for authors with book contracts, and these are some of the ones who have used it. </p>