Special Collections was open on Saturday, October 24th, and we had about 35 visitors for Family and Friends Weekend. Some came with very specific interests, including viewing the 1711 charter of the William Penn Charter School signed by Penn and with his great seal, but others came in as family clusters and were drawn to the displays we made available for them. There was a good bit of ooh-ing and ahh-ing, as they inspected:
- The 1711 King James Bible and its miniature version
- A 1683 plat survey of Philadelphia by William Penn’s surveyor, Thomas Holme (see illustration), which is essentially the lay-out of Philadelphia even today
- Amos Nattini’s lithographic illustrations of all 100 cantos of Dant’e Divine Comedy, along with a miniature version of the famous text
- The Germantown Quaker Protest Against Slavery, 1688, the first such protest in North America
- Maxims by William Penn published in the Select Works of William Penn, 1771, along with a miniature of the maxim on Time
- A photograph of a dorm in Barclay with army gear in evidence in the 1940s when a percentage of the students were army men
- A pointed letter by Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas to his friend Fred Rodell, class of 1926, indicating dismay at a meeting of the other justices while he (Douglas) was away that overturned his vote for a stay of execution in the Rosenberg spy case
- And last, but by no means least, the extraordinary illustrated chemistry notebook of Maxfield Parrish while a student at Haverford in 1890.
The event by all counts was most satisfactory.