The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination

The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination was founded by inventor, entrepreneur, and TEDMED chairman/curator Jay Walker (’77) in 2002, and is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The 3,600 sq. ft. facility features multilevel tiers, “floating” platforms, connecting stairways, glass-paneled bridges, dynamic lighting and music, and specially commissioned artworks celebrate major achievements in the history of human invention. Invited guests to the Walker Library range from schoolchildren to business leaders, government officials and scholars, as well as librarians from around the world.

Gallery Information

“Collecting Imagination: Treasures from the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination” will be on view from June 7, 2012, until October 29, 2012, in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, level 2B Carl A. Kroch Library.

The Carl A. Kroch Library is located on the Cornell University campus [view an official campus map]; access is through Olin Library. More information for visitors, including gallery hours, is available here.


This exhibition was created by the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

Exhibition Curator

Jay Walker

Exhibition Project Manager

Jillian Piccirilli

Exhibition Coordinator

Eisha Prather

Exhibition Management

Katherine Reagan

Graphic Design, Web Design & Development

Kenneth Williams

App Graphic Design & Development

Mike Patterson, Wayne Bryant, Eric Sinkovits

Exhibition Preparation and Conservation

Cornell University Library Department of Preservation and Collection Maintenance: Michele Brown, Roger Clearwater, Pat Fox, Michele Hamill, and Joan M. Brink

Events Management & Publicity

C.J. Lance, Gwen Glazer, Lynn Bertoia, Carla DeMello

Digital Imaging and Support

Cornell University Library Digital Consulting and Production Services: Rhea Garen and Danielle Mericle


Evan Fay Earle and David Corson
Cornell University Library Facilities: Philip Koons, Ron Clark and Adam Spry

Administrative Support

Connie Finnerty