(Rare Books & Manuscripts) Relates to history and biography, including a large number of costly illustrated works containing many historical portraits and a set of Granger's Biographical History of England (1824). The nucleus of this collection consisted of 890 volumes given to the Library in 1877 under the bequest of Miss Eliza Thayer of Roxbury. From time to time, her sisters gave from their own libraries many valuable illustrated books and memorials of Theodore Parker. The entire collection now numbers 5,398 volumes.
A printed index of the collection, as well as an index of the portraits within the collection, are both available in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department.
Online access. A catalog of the collection was published in the BPL Quarterly Bulletin in 1895, opens a new window. See also the Theodore Parker Collection.(Rare Books & Manuscripts)