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The Kislak Collection: An Introduction
Jay Kislak Fine Books Collections


Catalog of Jay I. Kislak Collection
Jay I. Kislak Collection catalog cover

Kislak Fellowship in American Studies

The Cultures & History of the Americas

Exploring the Early Americas

Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Conservation of Waldseemüller's Map

Pre-Contact America –
Language and Context

Pre-Contact America –
Recording History

A major collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas was donated to the Library of Congress in 2004 by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation. The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact and colonial periods.
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The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress is now the basis of an ongoing program of exhibitions, research, education and public activities developed and conducted by the Library. The annual Kislak Fellowship in American Studies supports research related to the discovery, contact and colonial periods. The Kislak Lecture series presents free public appearances by notable historians and scholars. Major exhibitions introduce rare books, maps, manuscripts and other important objects collected by Jay and Jean Kislak.

The
            Capture of Tenochtitlán, The Conquest of Mexico Paintings

“The Capture of Tenochtitlán,"
The Conquest of Mexico Paintings

Investigate the Maya writing system by exploring the writing and hieroglyphs on vessels and artifacts.

Explore this Maya vase from the Guatemalan Highlands, 600-900 AD

Explore the pages of The Buccaneers of America, chronicling the bold feats of raiders who disrupted shipping on the high seas and terrorized Caribbean settlements.

Explore the pages of
The Buccaneers of America
.

Waldseemüller Maps Interactive. Examine the only surviving copies of what are arguably two of the most important maps in the history of cartography, the 1507 and 1516 world maps.

Explore the Martin Waldseemüller world maps

Benjamin Stevens, comp. and ed. Christopher Columbus, His Own Book of Privileges, 1502. London: Chiswick Press, 1893. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (50)

Christopher Columbus' Book of Privileges

Abraham Ortelius. "La Florida/Guastecan from Peruuiae avriferae regionis typus. . . ." Antwerp: Christophorum Plantinum, 1584. Facsimile. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress (110.01.00)

Abraham Ortelius. "La Florida"

John Gould (1804–1881). A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons. London: Taylor and Francis, 1875. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (160.01.02)

Johann Eusebius Nieremberg (1595–1658).
Historia Naturae

John Gould (1804–1881). A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons. London: Taylor and Francis, 1875. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (160.01.02)

John Gould (1804–1881). A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons

   

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