Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
The Karpeles Manuscript Library is the world’s largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents. The library was founded in 1983 by California real estate magnates David and Marsha Karpeles, with the goal of stimulating interest in learning, especially in children. All of the Karpeles Manuscript Library services are free.
- 1 Libraries
- 2 Examples of documents from the collection
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 Further reading
- 6 External links
To make the documents more accessible, there are several Karpeles museums across the US. Items are rotated between museums quarterly and each of the museums present a daily general exhibit and one or more special scheduled exhibits throughout the year. In addition, Karpeles is aggressively expanding the content of its website. Each of the libraries is located in a historic building.
Buffalo, New York
In Buffalo, the Karpeles Museum consists of two separate buildings: (1) Porter Hall at 453 Porter Avenue at Jersey Street and Plymouth Avenue and (2) North Hall at 220 North Street at Elmwood Avenue. The Porter Hall was originally the Plymouth Methodist Church, while the North Hall was originally First Church of Christ, Scientist, built in 1911.
Charleston, South Carolina
Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Charleston library is housed in a former Methodist church named St. James Chapel which was built in 1856. The building is in the Greek Revival style following the Corinthian order and was inspired by the Temple of Jupiter in Rome. During the Civil War Confederates used the building as a hospital and stored medical supplies there. Hurricane Hugo tore off the roof of the building and destroyed its interior on September 21, 1989. Following renovation, the building reopened on November 11, 1990.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fairfield Hall, Fort Wayne, is housed in the old Church of Christ Scientist building at 2410 Fairfield Avenue. The Fairfield museum houses a rotating collection of unique historical documents, old and ancient ship models, and Stone Hieroglyphs from the time of Moses.
Piqua Hall, Fort Wayne, is housed in a domed church built in 1917 as the First Church of God. It is located at 3039 Piqua Ave. The Piqua museum houses a rotating collection of unique historical maps throughout different parts of history and parts of the world.
Both Museums collection's calibre and breadth are the direct result of the efforts of David and Marsha Karpeles.
The Fort Wayne location provides an educational outreach program in the form of mini-museum displays that are set up in local school buildings and maintained by museum staff.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Jacksonville is located in the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building, a 1921 neoclassical structure in the Springfield neighbourhood. Most residents have never even heard of, let alone visited, Karpeles, but many of their children have. There is also an antique-book library, with volumes dating from the late 1800s, and a children's center. Admission to the museum is free. The library is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. It is closed on holidays.
Newburgh, New York
The Karpeles in Newburgh, New York is located at 94 Broadway. It houses the Dona McPhillips Historical Painting Series which includes many portraits of famous Americans grouped together as "Founding Fathers", "Civil War Union", "Civil War Confederates", "Indian Heroes", "More Indian Heroes", "Pathfinders", "Texas", "Blacks", "Pioneers" and "Women".
Rock Island, Illinois
St. Louis, Missouri
The St. Louis branch of the Karpeles Manuscript Library opened on August 1, 2015. St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area to host a Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. The museum is located at 3524 Russell Boulevard very near to Grand Boulevard and across the street from Compton Hill Reservoir Park.
The structure was built as the Third Christian Science Church and opened in 1911 (it had been occupied in later decades by The New Paradise Missionary Baptist Church). The St. Louis Media History Foundation's Archives Exhibit Room is also housed in the building.
Santa Barbara, California
The world's largest private holding of important original documents and manuscripts is located at 21 W. Anapamu St. Santa Barbara CA 93101. The Library is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library in Shreveport at 3201 Centenary Avenue was originally First Church of Christ, Scientist. Admission to the Library is free. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays.
Examples of documents from the collection
- Ludwig van Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto"
- Handel's Messiah, copied in the hand of Beethoven
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"
- Richard Wagner's "Wedding March"
- Darwin's Theory of Evolution
- Descartes' Treatise as the Father of Philosophy
- Einstein's Theory of Relativity
- Galileo's announcement of the completion of his publication Dialogue on Two New Sciences
- Some of Donald A. Hall's initial sketches and calculations for the design of the Spirit of St. Louis
- Excerpts from John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding
- A note written by Charles Lindbergh
- A portion of Newton's studies on religion
- Astronomer Michael Molnar's Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem
- The first printing of the Ten Commandments from The Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1455)
- John Calvin's Ioannis Calvinus[clarification needed]
- Luther and the Birth of Protestant Movement
- Pope Lucius III's Proclamation of the Holy Crusade
- Bill of Rights
- Confederate Constitution
- The Declaration of Allegiance to the Government of the United States by the Native American Indians
- Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
- John Hancock's Cover Letter to the Declaration of Independence
- Olive Branch Petition
- George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
- Christopher Columbus's Lettera Rarissima
- Sir Ernest Shackleton's hand-drawn map of Antarctica
- Amelia Earhart's Certificate of Landing for her solo flight across the Atlantic
- Pat Burger Homeless Exhibit Collection
- Dona McPhillips Historical Exhibit Collection
- Norman Rockwell pencil drafts Exhibit Collection
- The Brock Brothers Illustration Archive
- Classic Book Illustrations
- "Washington State Map - experiencewa.com". experiencewa.com.
- Austin Constdine, Historic Manuscript Exhibitions: From Cuneiform to Walt’s Will, New York Times, October 27, 2006.
- Waymarking.com: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum — Shreveport, Louisiana.
- Duluth, Minnesota Guide to hotels, restaurants, activities, and events.
- Florida Times-Union: Jan 21, 2001-Get it documented: David Karpeles, creator of manuscript museums.
- About the Museum- Charleston, accessed January 17, 2012.
- About the Museum
- Fodor's.com Travel advisor: Jacksonville.
- "שלך קריאות אקדמיות במידה רבה יותר מדי שופעות להבנה הקטנטנה שלי". rain.org.
- Chris Naffziger (July 29, 2015). "The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Opens its Doors". St Louis Magazine. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- LA Times, "Worth more than the paper it's printed on", February 15, 2004.
- Nicholas A. Basbanes, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books, Henry Holt, New York, 1995, pp. 437–444.