The Morgan is home to some of the world's greatest collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary manuscripts, private letters and correspondence, and original music. Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library.
Highlights from this rotation include an endearing letter from Jane Austen to her eight-year-old niece Cassandra, in which every word is spelled backward, a newly acquired letter by W.B. Yeats, the spectacular Book of Hours that once belonged to Cecilia Gonzaga, and Franz Schubert's manuscript of Der Winterabend. George Washington's 1789 national Thanksgiving proclamation will also be on view, as well as a generous loan from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York consisting of four classics of contemporary Polish literature in fine bindings.
Additionally, this installation includes the annual display of treasures from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The present selection is centered on letters written by and addressed to Alexander Hamilton and his family.
Treasures from the Vault is funded in perpetuity in memory of Christopher Lightfoot Walker.