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Special Collections

History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark by Nicholas Biddle (1814)

The Special Collections in the Class of 1945 Library at Phillips Exeter Academy feature works from the 16th to 21st centuries, including 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 notable authors, letters, broadsides, maps, artworks and films.