Rare Gifts

These religious icons (from top left)—a 14th-century Torah scroll, a 16th-century Persian Quran, a drawing of Hindu myth, illuminated Buddhist text, a Native American beaded hymnal, Mesopotamian clay tablet, Russian Illumination, and a page from an original King James Bible of 1611—offer a glimpse into life and customs of ages past. Each has found a home in the Special Collections of the Oberlin College Main Library.

Special Collections also includes early printed books, fine press books, propaganda materials, early instruments, and other artifacts that have been curated throughout the college’s history, mostly through gifts. These items support Oberlin’s undergraduate curriculum and are used in classes and for student research.

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Photograph by Sandy Rochowicz