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History of the 42nd Street Library: Events & Exhibtions

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The Library has hosted many significant exhibits, and the publications mentioned below have either accompanied or documented some of them. Many more that aren't on this list can be found in the Research Catalog under the Subject Heading: New York Public Library Exhibitions. You can also find lists of past exhibitions in issues of the Bulletin of the New York Public Library.

Visit NYPL's Exhibitions website to learn more about current, upcoming, online, and past exhibitions at the three research libraries and community showcases at the branch libraries.

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The Schomburg Collection 1925-1950 exhibition was held at the 42nd Street Library in October 1950.

The Schomburg Collection 1925-1950 exhibition was held at the 42nd Street Library in October 1950.

The Schomburg Collection 1925-1950 exhibition was held at the 42nd Street Library in October 1950.

The Schomburg Collection 1925-1950 exhibition was held at the 42nd Street Library in October 1950.

The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures showcases some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in our collections for the first time. 

The treasures in this exhibition tell the stories of people, places, and moments spanning 4,000 years—from the emergence of the written word through to the present day featuring manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. This 1966 portrait of John and Alice Coltrane by Chuck Stewart is just one example. 

Lionel Mapleson created more than 100 cylinder recordings of Metropolitan Opera performances at a time when sound recording was in its infancy. These cylinders made it possible to create a live recording with a full orchestra and performers— they are part of the stunning array of Library materials in Treasures. They are in the "Beginnings" section of Treasures which you can explore by theme

Learn how to plan your visit to the Library to see Treasures on our website. From here, you can browse exhibit items online or discover highlights of the Polonsky Exhibition with the free Treasures Audio Guide, accessible onsite or from anywhere on your mobile device.