The New York Public Library has released a tool that allows people to digitally explore collections within its archive of physical historical paraphernalia.

The New York Public Library has released an iPad application intended to recreate collections from the main branch’s physical stacks. Positioned as Biblion: The Boundless Library, the application allows for the exploration of in-depth collections being released in a series over the coming years. The first collection features the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, including everything from the request forms sent by the wife of a Czech consul asking to run a sandwich stand, to the personal letters of the African American composer William Grant Sill expressing pride for being chosen to write the fair’s theme music.

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