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Face to Face: A Century of Collecting: Rare Items from the Special Collections of the Library and Archives

"Isola Bella", a pochoir print by George Barbier (1862-1932) illustrating evening dresses designed by Redfern Ltd.'s Paris salon. Plate 57 from 'Gazette du Bon Ton'.

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Start your visit in the Sackler Reading Room of the ROM's Library and Archives with Arthur Smith, Head Librarian, where you will have an opportunity to view a number of rare items donated to the ROM over the past 100 years. Featured donations will include those from J. P. Morgan (The North American Indian, by Edward Curtis), James H. Fleming (Gould's Birds of Asia), R. S. Williams (rare Handel and Purcell music scores), and the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust (Gazette du bon ton). There will also be a display of 1914 fashion prints to illustrate the styles in vogue at the official opening on the ROM in March 1914.

You will then move on to the ROM’s Digial Gallery for the second part of the tour. Julia Matthews, retired ROM Librarian, is editing the website entitled ROM ReCollects: You Write the History of the ROM for the ROM’s 100th Anniversary. It is the history of the ROM told by our Members, visitors, staff and volunteers. Julia will share highlights of some of the best stories received so far and show you how you  can contribute your memories to enrich this very exciting project.


Sackler Reading Room, ROM Libraries & Archives
ROM's Digital Gallery


Bloor Street (main entrance)



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