Special Collections

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The Special Collections of the Class of 1945 Library at Phillips Exeter Academy feature works from the 16th to 21st centuries and include such treasures as a Medieval illuminated manuscript and the explorer Roald Amundsen's 1905 journal detailing his discovery of the Northwest Passage. One of the most valuable collections held by any secondary school library in the United States, Exeter's collection of rare books and original manuscripts offers material of interest to literary scholars, historians, book collectors, and students working in a variety of fields.

The Special Collections include more than 11,000 books, original manuscripts by well-known authors, letters, broadsides, maps, artworks and films. Housed in rooms honoring alumni donors Thomas Lamont '16 and Corliss Lamont '20, the Special Collections are found on the fourth floor of the Class of 1945 Library and in the Library's vault, where the most valuable items are kept.


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