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A Jack Kerouac painting in the Stephen A. (Credit: Yana Paskova)

A Jack Kerouac painting in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building -- the main branch -- of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

100 years of treasures

The New York Public Library is displaying 250 items from its collection of rare books, photographs, prints, maps and other artifacts in a free "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibit. The exhibit will be open until Dec. 31 in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the main branch) on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Patrons at the main branch of the New
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Patrons at the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

A reading room in the main branch of
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A reading room in the main branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

George Washington's 1796 handwritten farewell address is displayed
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George Washington's 1796 handwritten farewell address is displayed at the main branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

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A woman looks at a copy of the
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A woman looks at a copy of the Declaration of Independence handwritten by Thomas Jefferson at the New York Public Library in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

Charles Dickens' prompt copy of David Copperfield used
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Charles Dickens' prompt copy of David Copperfield used for public readings can be seen at the New York Public Library main branch on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

An old Long Island photo album at the
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An old Long Island photo album at the New York Public Library's main branch in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

The map room at the New York Public
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The map room at the New York Public Library's main branch in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

Walt Whitman poems at the New York Public
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Walt Whitman poems at the New York Public Library's main branch in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

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Jack Kerouac's diary at the New York Public
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Jack Kerouac's diary at the New York Public Library's main branch in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman
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The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, also known as the main branch, on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

A copy of the Declaration of Independence handwritten
(Credit: Yana Paskova)

A copy of the Declaration of Independence handwritten by Thomas Jefferson at the New York Public Library's main branch. (July 8, 2011)

A Jack Kerouac painting in the Stephen A.
(Credit: Yana Paskova)

A Jack Kerouac painting in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building -- the main branch -- of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan. (July 8, 2011)

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