The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, donated to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by Penn Libraries Board members Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C53, WG56), brings together many of the great scientific and philosophical traditions of the ancient and medieval worlds. Documenting the extraordinary achievements of scholars, philosophers, and scientists in Europe, Africa, and Asia, the collection illuminates the foundations of Penn's academic traditions. Often illustrated with complex diagrams and stunning imagery, these manuscripts bring to the present the intellectual legacy of the medieval past. The exhibit is available online here.
A 2013 thirteen-month wall calendar featuring illustrations selected from two of the Schoenberg Collection's astronomical treatises dating from the 1400s (LJS 463 and LJS 449) has been produced in conjunction with this exhibition and is available for purchase through our online store here.