Building a Library: The Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection at Illinois

The Building a Library: The Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection at Illinois is on display in RBML 9/14/18 – 12/14/18. This is a collection of Italian imprints and manuscripts from the descendants of Count Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana (1843-1913). This exhibit was curated by Chloe Ottenhoff. According to RBML:


“Estimated at over 45,000 volumes, including manuscript material dating from 1116, the acquisition of the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection helped to increase the Library’s holdings to over half a million volumes.

This exhibition celebrates the history of the collection at the University of Illinois; its collector, Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana; and the extraordinary depth and breadth of the collection, newly accessible thanks to a Cataloging Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.”

Items from the collection that did not require significant conservation treatments were selected for this exhibit. Light treatment, including binding support, page mending, cleaning, and sewing, was completed on two books. Foldouts from books were removed, flattened, cleaned, and mended. Flat items also received cleaning, mending, and sometimes framing. Cradles were created to support item openings in the display cases.