We currently have selections from two donated collections on exhibit in our library. One collection was received relatively recently, and is on display for the very first time. The other collection was received longer ago, and was on display once before. We hope you will enjoy viewing them both.
On view in our reading room is a small selection of Chinese ink stones and decorative ink sticks from the collection donated to our library in 2010 by John D. Roy, Columbia, B.A., '68, Ph.D., '84; Professor emeritus, Brooklyn College City University of New York.
A larger selection of this collection is on display in our rare book and special collections reading room (access via the 200 level stacks). In addition to the ink stones and ink sticks the display also includes a few brush holders and other ornaments.
The display is further enhanced with some brushes and other related items from the library's existing collection. The Roy Collection includes over 50 inkstones in a great variety of sizes, materials, and designs. The display in the reading room is available for viewing whenever the library is open, the display in the rare book and special collections reading room is accessible during scheduled reading hours.
Meanwhile, in the Kress seminar room, we have on view a small selection of Japanese dolls from the Pickens Family Japanese Doll Collection, which was donated to our library in 1998. The total number of dolls in the collection amounts to nearly 60. They range from samurai dolls to doll festival dolls, dancing ladies and kokeshi dolls. In the current display are 20 dolls, mainly dancing ladies on one side of the room, and samurai warriors on the other side. This display is available for viewing whenever the rare book and special collections reading room is open, provided the seminar room is not in use for other purposes.