Archives Month Philly 2015: The Paper Menagerie

Rare Sightings!

‘“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly …’

Saddle up for a wild evening and join the staff of the Special Collections Processing Center for a bibliographic safari in the Kislak Center. Feathered friends, ferocious beasts, and even a cute cat or two will leap, slither, and fly off the pages of our favorite books, manuscripts, and archival materials on Thursday October 15.

cocodrilloImages of animals discovered in some of our newest acquisitions will be on display in this Abecedarium bestiary, including items from the collection of Dial Books art director Atha Tehon, and the Caroline F. Schimmel Fiction Collection of Women in the American Wilderness as well as materials from the Kislak Center’s archives, medieval manuscripts and incunabula. You will see St. Jerome’s lion, Agnes Repplier’s cat, and vultures from Penn’s sophomore class cremation ceremony in 1878. You’ll discover the winged Cocodrillo and even see a 16th-century horse wearing galoshes! All these and more will be corralled into the Class of 78 Orrery Pavillion at 5:30 pm on October 15. So grab your binoculars, put on a panama hat and make a bee-line for The Paper Menagerie: Animals on the Page in the Kislak Center’s Special Collections to see the magnificent, beautiful and sometimes bizarre beasts inhabiting Penn’s special collections.

This extravaganza is just one of many amazing Archives Month Philly events–but we do think that our event is the bee’s knees!

When: Thursday, October 15, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor;
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts;
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center;
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

What you need to know: Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)

Questions? Contact us at or 215.898.7088

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