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Collections News | Albert Field Playing Cards go online

The Columbia University Libraries has digitized cards from nearly two hundred decks of the Albert Field Collection of Playing Cards.

The cards date from the 16th century through to 1801, and were mostly European – French, German, English, and Italian, though we slipped in one deck from a very new United States.

play cards of various suites and iconic figures

JT Humphreys, No revoke playing cards, Albert Field Collection of Playing Cards, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University

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Going Online: Special Collections Research Accounts

Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is rolling out a web-based circulation system to streamline how our users request material at the RBML.

Researchers will have a new, web-based Special Collections Research Account to create requests for immediate or future use, with the added benefit of having access to their complete history of requests from anywhere they can access the internet – home computer, mobile phone and tablet devices included.

Here’s a look at some of the other institutions that are using the same technology that we are adopting, along with links to see how their researchers gain access to their collections electronically.

Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Princeton University
Harvard College Library at Harvard University
University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center
Duke University, David M. Rubenstein Library
University of Chicago, Special Collections Research Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson Library
American Antiquarian Society

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