Since it was first published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has charmed generation after generation. The exhibition Pride and Prejudice: a 200 Year Affair celebrates one of the most popular and beloved novels of our time. A colorful visual history reflects how Pride and Prejudice has been published, adapted, translated, and loved over the last 200 years. It features the first edition published on January 28, 1813 as well as, rare and illustrated editions, and collectibles. Goucher College has the largest collection on Jane Austen and her times in North America.
The Goucher College Special Collections and Archives is home to our Jane Austen collection, but also collections spanning the early printing age to the Modern era. Our closed stacks house rows of first edition books, rare publications, and historical ephemera. We are open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While we generally accommodate the needs of our student body and faculty in their research, we also have visitors from around the world for academic research as well as recreational visits.
The Special Collections and Archives is run by Tara Olivero, Curator to the Special Collections and Archives, and Melissa Straw, Joseph Ruzicka and Marie Ruzicka Feldmann Director of Conservation & Preservation. We also employ many Goucher students who contribute to the creation and curation of exhibits. Additionally we sponsor scholarships and fellowships for students and faculty members (and visiting professors) for research on our collections.