Huntington Library

San Marino, California, USA


1151 Oxford Road;San Marino, CA 91108

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"The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Huntington, a key figure in the development of Southern California in the early 20th century, was also an active collector of rare books and manuscripts; art; and plants. By the time he established the institution, he and his wife had amassed an extensive collection focusing on British and American history, literature, and art, as well as rare and spectacular plant specimens.

Located in San Marino, California, the institution serves some 1,800 scholars each year conducting advanced research in the humanities. The librarys rare books and manuscripts comprise one of the worlds largest and most extensively used collections in America outside of the Library of Congress. Researchers who use our collections produce the leading scholarly books and articles in their fields; these in turn become the basis for the textbooks that are used in elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education across the nation. The Huntington also serves some 20,000 school children in the Los Angeles area, providing informal botanical, art, and library education through extensive on-site programs. Among the treasures for research and exhibition are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucers Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubons Birds of America, and an unsurpassed collection of the early editions of Shakespeares works." - web site

Last update April 28, 2022