Tucked away in libraries across the country are unexpected archives and world-class treasures. This writer introduces us to a half-dozen interesting collections. Among them:
* The Boston Public Library has what it believes is the largest collection of fore-edge painted books in any public library.
* The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library has America’s largest collection of Arabic papyrus, parchment and paper documents, with 770 on papyrus and more than 1,300 on paper.
* The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has the nation’s largest collection of nurse romance novels, more than 400 volumes in which nurses are the central character.