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  • Library’s 15-millionth volume is influential manuscript on agricultural management from Middle Ages

    Photo of Sarah C. Williams, Lynne M. Thomas and Erin E. Kerby surrounding a medieval manuscript copy of Walter of Henley's "Hosbondrye."

    The 15-millionth volume in the collection of the University Library is a medieval copy of Walter of Henley’s 13th-century work “Hosbondrye,” one of the most influential works on agriculture and land management in the Middle Ages. The Library purchased the manuscript through a collaboration between Sarah C. Williams, left, the head of the Funk ACES Library; Lynne M. Thomas, center, the head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library; and Erin E. Kerby, right, the head of the Veterinary Medicine Library. They combined money from endowment funds given to their libraries for acquiring materials related to the management of cows, sheep, pigs and horses.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Lynne M. Thomas, email To contact Sarah C. Williams, email To contact Erin E. Kerby, email For information about the University Library, contact Heather Murphy at