In the late spring of 1998, just months before Charles Mann's death, Rare Books and Manuscripts had an unexpected gap in its exhibits schedule, and because of this happy circumstance Charley was able to mount a small exhibit on Birket Foster, which he had intended to do for many years. This digital exhibit recreates, in a slightly different order, the exhibition that appeared in the Rare Books reading room in the summer of 1998. The illustrations that we have scanned are the same images that Charley chose to display, and the text is Charley's own.

This is our first attempt at a "virtual" exhibit, and we owe a great debt of gratitude to staff members outside of Rare Books and Manuscripts who have put their technical and graphic skills to use in order to create this Web site. Larry Wentzel and Andy Biggans of the University Libraries' preservation department and Chris Holobar of the lending services department scanned all of the images. Their supervisors, Sue Kellerman, Sieg Preservation Librarian, and Trish Notartomas of lending services, supported our neophyte digital endeavors by authorizing the release time for their work. Larry got us started by setting up the rough guidelines for the Web site, and Chris mounted the images on the Web and pulled everything together to give the exhibit its present shape. Jason Weigle, also of lending services, provided additional technical advice.

Thanks also to John Kaiser for the generous loan of his Birket Foster watercolor, both for the summer exhibit and for scanning.

Sandra Stelts
Rare Books and Manuscripts