The Baldwin Library: A Reader’s Perspective

Dear Reader — Deep inside the walls of Smathers East, among the pages of Special Collections, lies the heart of a child. For some, that child is Alice, Cinderella, or Tom Sawyer. For others, the child is Little Red, Peter Rabbit, or Harry Potter. The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, a collection thirty-five years…

Language Hall Leads the Way: A History of UF Buildings 101

Records and photographs in the University of Florida Archives document the early formation of the main part of campus, including the construction of Language Hall in 1913.  It was one of the first five buildings to anchor the campus and was located on the central plaza directly east of Science Hall. Both buildings were designed by  architect William…

A Book in Hiding

This extremely rare Spanish translation of the standard Hebrew prayer book (one of six known copies in world libraries) was printed in London in 1772 by Aaron Nodnarb. Nodnarb is an assumed name (a palindrome to disguise his real name, Brandon), which he used when printing works for his fellow crypto-Jews living under cover, hiding from the Inquisition.