Andrew Dickson White
Although Andrew Dickson White is most often remembered for his collaboration
with Ezra Cornell in designing and establishing Cornell University, he
was also a passionate, life-long book collector. White began acquiring
books during his undergraduate years, and continued to do so until his
death in 1918 at the age of 85. He built renowned collections on the French
Revolution, witchcraft, architecture, the Reformation, and slavery, abolition
and the American Civil War.
In 1891 White gave his 30,000-volume library—the
product of forty years of dedicated collecting—to Cornell University.
His library remains the cornerstone of Cornell’s research collections,
and his medieval books continue to serve as a working historical laboratory,
"useful in the instruction of things Medieval."
Photograph of Andrew Dickson White, University Archives.
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