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Monumental Jaguar
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Treasures of the Jay I. Kislak Collection
Jay Kislak Fine Books Collections


Established in 1984, the Jay I. Kislak Foundation is a private nonprofit cultural institution engaged in the collection, conservation, research and interpretation of rare books, manuscripts, maps and indigenous art and cultural artifacts of the Americas and other parts of the world. Kislak collections are rich in primary research materials on the history of Florida, the Caribbean and Mesoamerica, with special emphasis on native cultures, their contact with Europeans and the colonial period to about 1820.
The Foundation exists to advance knowledge and understanding of world cultures and history through its collections and through programs of research, education, exhibition and publication. An active acquisition program continues to expand the collections with materials that are of high quality, historically or artistically significant, and consistent with Kislak areas of study.
Kislak collections are conserved in accordance with professional museum standards and are made available for study by scholars and students. Selected items are displayed at the public Kislak Gallery in Miami Lakes, Florida, and at museums, libraries and other regional and national institutions.
In 2004 more than 3,000 books and other objects from the collection became a gift to the nation as the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. A permanent exhibit, Exploring the Early Americas, is now on public display in the Library's historic Thomas Jefferson Building, across from the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The Kislak Foundation has cooperative professional relationships with institutions and individual historians and collectors worldwide. The Foundation benefits from the advice and knowledge of outstanding scholars of history, art and archaeology, and relevant areas of research, education and collections management.

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