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The Books of Isaac Norris at Dickinson College
An article appearing in the Pennsylvania Gazette in October 1784 reported various announcements from Carlisle regarding Dickinson College, formally chartered a year earlier. Among them: "We have the pleasure to inform the public, that a foundation has already been laid for a library in our college. His Excellency the President of the state has presented the college with the principal part of the library of the late Isaac Norris, Esq; consisting of about 1500 volumes, upon the most important subjects." This 'foundation' remains largely intact to this day, the so-named Norris Collection forming the centerpiece of a rare book library in the College's Archives and Special Collections.
Michele Tourney, Class of 1998
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