Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 308
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Open today
1 PM–5:45 PM
Spencer Collection
Day Date Hours
Monday 10/10 CLOSED
Tuesday 10/11 1 PM–5:45 PM
Wednesday 10/12 1 PM–5:45 PM
Thursday 10/6 1 PM–5:45 PM
Friday 10/7 1 PM–5:45 PM
Saturday 10/8 1 PM–5:45 PM
Sunday 10/9 CLOSED

About the Division

Golden patterned book binding.

The Spencer Collection surveys the illustrated word and book bindings of all periods and all countries and cultures, from medieval manuscripts, Japanese scrolls, and Indian miniatures to monuments in Renaissance printing, illustration, and binding to contemporary livres d'artistes.

New Exhibition! Fortune and Folly in 1720

Fortune and Folly in 1720 title treatment and Fortuna scattering paper

September 23, 2022–February 19, 2023 

Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles, which spawned the invention of French banknotes as well as joint-stock companies built on fantasies of New World trade, imposed on everyday Europeans a crash course in new financial products. In turn, a bubbling print market relentlessly caricatured the meltdown, offering viewers an entertaining primer on the otherwise bewildering realities of modern economic life. Learn more.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
No. Please email us at to book an appointment to visit the Spencer Collection in Room 308.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Virtual consultations are required to make an appointment to visit the Spencer Collection, but they are also available to researchers who wish to discuss their research plans. Please email us at to book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at with any additional queries.


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