Memorabilia Collection

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Memorabilia Collection

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The Memorabilia Collection is comprised of artifacts and memorabilia collected and brought together because of their association with Vanderbilt University. They range in scope from glassware and pottery to athletic trophies and academic garb. Most of the objects have been donated by alumni or collected from the campus.

Items in the Memorabilia Collection Collection

Principia Philosophiæ
French philosopher, mathematician and writer René Descartes has been called the father of modern philosophy. His Principia Philosophiae, first published in 1644, put forth the theory that the universe operated as a continuously running machine which…

The Holy Bible
Commissioned by King James I in 1604 for the Church of England, this is the third translation of the Christian Bible into English. Robert Barker, the King's Printer, first published the book in 1611; this edition contains printing errors that were…

Hagadah Shel Pesaḥ
Artist Ben Shahn was part of the Social Realism movement originating around 1930. It was during this period that he created many of the originals for the Hagadah shel Pesah, drawing on the movement’s themes of defense of the innocent, the…

The Bird's Head Haggada of the Bezalel National Art Museum in Jerusalem
The Bird’s Head manuscript, the earliest surviving illustrated Ashkenazi Haggada, is named for the figures drawn with birds' heads on human forms. These composite creatures are most probably griffins. Many scholars believe the use of imaginary…

62 Psaumes et Versets de la Bible
During the Nazi occupation of Paris, the artist Benn was sheltered by various Christian families. While in hiding, he made simple line drawings of biblical verses until he was captured and interred in the Beanne le Rolande camp. After the war, he…

Opera Philonis Iudaei Exegetica in libros Mosis
Philo’s writings reflect Jewish life and experiences outside Judea in the first few decades of the Common Era. In this treatise on the life of Moses, Philo retells the biblical narrative with significant omissions and additions and a focus on the…

Sefer ha-shorashim
David Kimhi (approximately 1160–1235) was a grammarian and exegete of Narbonne, Provence. Sefer ha-shorashim is the lexicon of a two-part philological treatise. His chief contribution in grammar lies in the arrangement of the material and the…

[Butterflies]
Butterfly or insect collecting became popular during the Victorian age as a respectable hobby among the growing middle class. Scientific collecting of butterflies and other natural specimens had been a popular venture as natural history museums and…

Grammatica Syriaca, sive Chaldaica
Pages numbered from back to front.

Novum Domini nostri Jesu Christi Testamentum Syriacum
This edition of the Syriac New Testament with a parallel Latin translation (1717) was edited by J. Leusden of Utrecht and C. Schaaf of Leyden, improving on the earlier edition of Aegidius Gutbier. Leusden’s work had only progressed to the middle of…