Again, such an honor to have Vanishing Cuba reside within the halls of The Bodleian Library – University of Oxford—one of the greatest Universities in the world.
Oxford’s libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include major research libraries; libraries attached to faculties, departments, and other institutions of the University; and, of course, the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years.
The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library. Together, the Bodleian Libraries hold over 13 million printed items. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library built by the University in the 15th century to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. Since 1602 it has expanded, slowly at first but with increasing momentum over the last 150 years, to keep pace with the ever-growing accumulation of books, papers, and other materials. Still, the core of the old buildings has remained intact.
Known to many Oxford scholars simply as ‘the Bod,’ these buildings are still used by students and scholars from all over the world, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors.
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On March 21, 2016, Our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, arrived in Cuba to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. I was pleased to present President Obama with copy No.44 of my Reserve Edition of Vanishing Cuba.
All three editions of Vanishing Cuba, the Silver Edition, the Deluxe Edition, and the Reserve Edition, are now available at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The library is open to the public, free of charge, as a research library.
I was excited to hear that BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, a private Baptist Christian research university in Waco, Texas, had ordered the RESERVE EDITION of my VANISHING CUBA book for their reference library collection. Established in 1845, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River in the United States.