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Inspired by the title of an 1890s Atlantic City directory, this exhibit is intended to provide a survey of Lehigh’s extensive and varied Special Collections. Topics on display range from technology to immigration, and from advertising to local history. Exhibited items have become part of the collection through deliberate acquisition as well as through unexpected means. They might have been a treasured artifact or a component of everyday life. Of particular note in “Worth Keeping” are impeachment tickets, displayed in the Grand Reading Room, for the Andrew Johnson trial - evidence that the proceedings were open to the public during the 19th century. Ephemeral in nature, they are scarce survivors likely preserved to document the historic event of the period. Visitors are encouraged to consider how these items and other material in Special Collections might be used for personal or academic research.

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