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A “cathedral of books?” Sign us up! Scenes from this weekend’s reception at the George Peabody Library during the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Baltimore. Home to a general reference collection containing more than 300,000 titles, the Peabody boasts such treasures as a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and a notable collection of Don Quixote volumes, among other gems. We were lucky enough to get a private tour of the rare book room, as well as sip cocktails in the stunning Stack Room. Designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind, the Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast iron balconies rising to a soaring skylight 61 feet above the floor. A cathedral of books, indeed!

Special thanks to everyone at peabodywunderkammer for being such wonderful hosts, as well as to all of our friends from ismarchives, hspdigitallibrary, udspeccoll, documentinghershey, and many others who attended our session on social media. Happy to count ourselves among your fabulous ranks! 

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