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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Archives Month Philly 2017
Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, October 17, 5:30-7:00 PM
engraving detail of Prince Henry, Poins, and Falstaff from Shakespeare's King Henry IV, Part I, Furness Theatrical Image Collection, Kislak Center
The hurried scratching of pencil on paper as a code-breaker races against time...
The nervous pacing of an actress...
Sibilant whispers of advice into the ears of the powerful...
The crumpled publisher's rejection letter, together with an annotated and crossed out draft...


These are the invisible sights and unheard sounds of the moments before the big moments ... before the counter-attack is launched, the play performed, an execution ordered, a new bestseller published.

Catalogers are always behind the scenes, where they delight in finding previously lost or hidden secrets and making them available to the public. Join the catalogers of the Kislak Center to learn about their favorite behind-the-scenes moments found between the covers of rare books and deep in the folders of archival collections. Linger over our selections at your leisure or go behind the library scenes with a special one-night-only tour of the Special Collections Processing Center. Part of Archives Month Philly.

Sign up to receive your own backstage pass at 5:45 or 6:15pm HERE!

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)