The New York Public Library has been surprising visitors lately with exhibitions of items from its permanent collection that no one knew it had or, in some cases, knew were even in existence, like the diaries of Charlotte Brontë, Tennessee Williams, John Steinbeck and Bob Dylan, among several others. Or a whole bunch of drawings, forty to be exact, by Jim Dine. Both the diaries and the drawings are currently being exhibited, and are joined today by the best collection of lists I’ve ever seen, and as an avid collector of ephemera I’ve seen my share. The collection is not actually owned by the NYPL ; it’s on loan from The Smithsonian, but at least now it’s getting more visibility.
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