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State Library’s Special Collections Tour

May 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm2:00 pm

State Library of Massachusetts Special Collections Dept State House, Room 55, 24 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02133 United States

Visitors will see treasures from the State Library collections that are not normally on public view, including some of the earliest published laws of Massachusetts, a realistic facsimile of Mayflower passenger William Bradford’s manuscript journal Of Plimoth Plantation, broadsides recruiting soldiers for the Civil War, photographs of African-American soldiers, a handwritten journal by a Civil War soldier from Massachusetts, early maps of Boston, and 19th-century birds-eye view maps of other Massachusetts cities and towns. While the State Library is open to the public every weekday, this special event for ArtWeek will let visitors see materials that are normally not on public view. Space is limited to 6 pp with a free ticketed reservation required and security check to enter the building.

Directions to the State Library’s Special Collections Department:
The State Library’s Special Collections Department is in Room 55 of the State House. (Please note: the Main Library is Room 341; Special Collections is in a different physical location within the State House.)
Easiest way to get there is to come in the main entrance of the State House–called the Hooker Entrance because of the large equestrian statue out front of General Hooker–which is right across Beacon Street from where Park Street comes up from the Park Street T stop. It is about a 3-minute walk up Park Street from the T stop.
Come in the Hooker entrance and go through security (metal detector, bags and parcels through a scanner), then head left across the first floor to the West Wing of the building. At the end of the West Wing hallway, walk down one flight of stairs, or, take the elevator one level down to the Basement. You will see the door to Special Collections (Room 55) there.

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State Library of Massachusetts, Special Collections Department