Remnant Trust Exhibit at the University of Arkansas Libraries Spring 2014

This guide provides information about "The Wisdom of the Ages Athenaeum" at the University of Arkansas Libraries during the spring semester of 2014.

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About the Remnant Trust

The Remnant Trust SealThe Remnant Trust exists to elevate educational standards and the public’s understanding of individual liberty and human dignity through the precedent setting, hands on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form.  Believing that great ideas belong to everyone, the Remnant Trust makes available a world class collection of manuscripts, first and early edition works in original form.  Collections of this magnitude and quality are found deep in the archives of prestigious institutions, under lock and key and accessible only to a privileged few.  By contrast, the Remnant Trust’s vision is to provide the opportunity for individuals to hold, examine, read and discuss manuscripts, first and early editions of such works as the Declaration of Independence, The Magna Carta, The Federalist Papers, Mary Wollstonecraft, Frederick Douglass, Aristotle, Marx, Smith, and many more.  The Remnant Trust is a place where everyone from scholars to school age children can handle, read, and learn from the wisdom contained in these works, ideas that span over 2500 years.  Additionally segments of the collection are loaned to universities, colleges, secondary schools, and other venues to host multi-disciplinary exhibits and provide access to those unable to travel to the collection located in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Wait, I can HANDLE the books?

Yes!  This allows students to examine all aspects of the book: the texture of the pages, the feel of the binding, and the unmistakeable "old book smell."

Staff were "on call" to open the cases Monday - Friday from 10 - 11 a.m. and from 2 - 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 2 - 3 p.m.

In addition, faculty members brought classes to the library at other times and took books out of the case. .

Wisdom of the Ages Athenaeum at the University of Arkansas, Spring 2014

The University Libraries, the Office of Student Affairs, and the School of Social Work hosted an exhibit of rare books and materials from the Remnant Trust in Mullins Library in the spring 2014 semester, from Tuesday, January 21 to Monday, May 12. This exhibit represented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to view—and handle—extremely rare materials, ranging from a cuneiform tablet dating to 2200 B. C. to the first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862.  Click the above tab to see the list of works included in the exhibit, and visit the Libraries' events page to browse a series of lectures that focused on specific works in the exhibit.