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    By Michael Dalby on

    Ken Whyld VisitOne of the highlights of the reference collection at Cleveland Public Library is the chess and checkers material amassed by John G. White who was President of the Board of Trustees in the early part of the 20th century. He donated his impressive collection to the library at the time of his death along with an endowment to continue adding to it.

    Chess and checkers researchers from around the world use this material - either visiting the library in person or using email and digital scans - to document, analyze and write about the history of these complex and challenging games.   Recently,...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    "Ladies and gentlemen, come one, come all......"

    One of the most popular items on display in the John G. White Special Collections Reading Room on the 3rd floor on the Main Library Building, is the what is know in the Cleveland Public Library as the "Smallest Book in the World." This miniature, a printing of Old King Cole, was touted as the smallest book in the world when it was printed in 1985. Printed by offset lithography, the copy is handbound by the Gleniffer Press of Paisly, Scotland and measures 1 mm. sq. The Library's copy in number 69 of 85 printed. While this item no longer...

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    By Michael Dalby on



    Mr. Lincoln, I presume?

    "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."  These words, spoken on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania begin one of the most memorable speeches in American History.  Recent report of an undiscovered photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg has encourages Lincoln enthusiasts to reconsider known photographs of the president.  The John G. White Special Collections Department has in its holdings several works...

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