Spanning more than 2,000 years of history, UNM's Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections is full of surprises – from medieval manuscripts, music, and memorabilia, to prints, posters, presidential letters and much more.

On April 28, join Michael Taylor, Suzanne Schadl, Nancy Brown-Martinez, and Portia Vescio for a guided tour of some unexpected gems from the library’s historical collections. The event will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Frank Waters Room of Zimmerman Library.

Among the items that will be on display are a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus, seventeenth century horn books used to teach children to read, first editions of classic literature, early science fiction novels, an illuminated Koran and historic sheet music from the U.S. and Latin America.

Other materials will include World War II posters, 3-D stereograph views of the Southwest, papers of an early female aviator, registration affidavits of "alien enemies," works by Latin American printmakers, historic maps, Civil War currency, UNM memorabilia and additional resources that are sure to surprise.

This event is being held in conjunction with Arts Unexpected, a day-long program of events across the UNM campus and downtown Albuquerque. Come and learn about the wide range of archival material that the library has to offer and get ideas about how you can use it in your research, teaching, or creative projects.

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