Original Collection

The Redwood Library's Original Collection is comprised of the original purchase of 751 titles in England in 1749 and the first donations to the Library's Collection "Given by Several Gentlemen" of an additional 126 titles.


To see a list of the Original Collection books, go to the Advanced Search screen in the online catalog and limit your search to "Special Collections : Original Collection."


More than 90 percent of the Original Collection's approximately 1522 volumes survive either in their original copies or in replacement copies, a number having disappeared when the Library was used as a British officers' club during the American Revolution. Since our bicentennial in 1947 we have mounted an effort to identify replacement volumes. As a part of our 250th anniversary celebration we renewed this effort.


List of missing books



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