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Rare Book Room

History lives in our historic rare book collection.

The Museum & Library has over 3,000 rare books in its collection, including the Famiano Strada's De Bello Belgico which is also known as The History of the Low-Countrey Warres (London: 1650) and John Entick's The General History of the Late War: Containing It's Rise, Progress, and Event, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America (London: 1763).  Additionally, the collection includes a growing assortment of of unit histories, such as Civil War regimentals, and cruise books, like those from the USS Chicago.

Items from our rare book collection must be used in the Rare Book Reading Room.  If you know of a specific book that you'd like to see, please contact us in advance of your visit.


  • Sheet music for Walter Donaldson′s The Army′s Full of Irish: a Man from Erin Never Runs, He′s Irish (New York: Witmark & Sons, 1917)
    From the Library′s WWI and WWII Sheet Music Collection.

  • Detail from a set of Ida M. Tarbell′s The Life of Lincoln: Drawn from Original Sources and Containing Many Speeches, Letters and Telegrams Hitherto Unpublished (New York: Lincoln Historical Society, 1924). Illustrated with 23 documents and letters on Lincoln and the Civil War with signatures by A. Lincoln, U. S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, and others.
  • Eddie Rickenbacker′s Fighting the Flying Circus (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1919).