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Western History Collection
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The Western History Collection is one of the largest and five most important collections of Western history documents, maps and photos in the United States. Over 2,000 manuscripts and 800,000 photograph prints and negatives are securely kept and preserved for the public. The collection houses a rare multi-volume portfolio on the Indians of the United States and showcases the Noah H. Rose collection, which includes original photographs of great warriors, chiefs, and civilized tribes. Also the collection holds the manuscripts from the hit series "Maverick" donated by Norman native James Garner.

New to the Collection - a rare manuscript written by a leading astronomer in Rome at the height of Galileo?s astronomical discoveries. The newly acquired manuscript, "Tractatus de sphaera," by Oratio Grassi records Grassi?s lectures in mathematics and astronomy. The Grassi manuscript is one of three works by Grassi to enhance OU?s Galileo collection this year. In two just-acquired printed books, Grassi discussed three comets that appeared in the sky in 1618.

"The Grassi manuscript is an important addition to the OU History of Science Collection, which is already recognized as among the small number of great collections in science in the world," said OU President David L. Boren. Read more about the manuscript in the Norman Transcript.


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