Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt: Plantswoman, Bookwoman, Craftswoman

Six-year-old Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt

On the blog this week, Curator of Special Collections Sam Lemley reflects on the legacy of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, the founding benefactor of CMU’s Special Collections and an important collector and scholar of early books on botany. CMU’s Hunt Library, named for Rachel and Roy A. Hunt, was dedicated 59 years ago on 10 October, 1961. 

A Good Canvas, Yet Unfinished: The Posner Bill of Rights and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

A Good Canvas, Yet Unfinished: The Posner Bill of Rights and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
 
The photograph above shows a copy of the American Bill of Rights, an early printing published by the Philadelphia firm of Childs and Swain in January or February, 1792 and now held in the Posner Memorial Collection. The Posner Bill of Rights is one of the Libraries’ true rarities; it may, in fact, be the rarest single artifact we hold.

Picturephone Mod II

Picturephone Mod II

Special Collections at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries continues to grow distinctive and unique holdings relating to the history of science and technology with the recent addition of two AT&T Mod II Picturephones.

CMU Special Collections Houses Rare Edition of Vaccine Origins

As we all anxiously await the outcome of ongoing clinical trials seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, Carnegie Mellon University scholars, students, faculty, and staff might be surprised to learn that the Posner Collection holds a first-edition copy of the foundation text of modern immunology and vaccination: Edward Jenner’s "An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, a Disease Discovered in Some of the Western Counties of England" (London, 1798). In this scholarly blog post, Dr. Samuel Lemley, Curator of Special Collections, examines the item.

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