Who Built the Bookman’s Paradise? The Makers of Morgan’s Library

Christine Nelson

“The Bookman’s Paradise exists,” wrote a London Times journalist in 1908, “and I have seen it. I have entered the most carefully, jealously guarded treasure-house in the world, and nothing in it has been hidden from me.” The bibliophile’s paradise in question was the splendid Library commissioned by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1902 and designed by architect Charles Follen McKim. Join Christine Nelson, curator of the exhibition J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library: Building the Bookman’s Paradise, as she looks beyond Morgan and McKim to honor the many other people–from quarriers and stonecutters to builders and artisans–who created the Library more than a century ago. Christine Nelson was the longtime Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts and now manages the fellowships program at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

*The exhibition J. Pierpont Morgan's Library: Building the Bookman's Paradise will be open at 5:00 PM for program attendees.

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Friday, June 17, 2022, 6 PM
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Image: The Morgan Library & Museum, Morgan Family Collection, 1958.24. Photography by Graham S Haber

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