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Tree house

This summer, the library’s Conservation Lab was handed an interesting challenge: create a safe home for a sprig of cypress that the Marquis de Lafayette plucked from George Washington’s grave. The sprig had been kept in an archival envelope that caused damage whenever it was removed for viewing. Book conservator Michele Brown matted it and created […]

Vive Lafayette!

Materials from one of the Cornell Library’s premier rare collections are featured in a new documentary on the life of the Marquis de Lafayette. The film, “Lafayette: The Lost Hero,” includes Cornell’s life-mask of Lafayette — sculpted by Jean-Antoine Houdon and kept by the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections — that is permanently on […]