William Butler Yeats Collection: the most extensive collection of the famed Irish poet and author's manuscripts (facsimiles) housed outside of Ireland (credit: Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University).
William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection contributes directly to the study of video games as popular culture and to their historical longevity (credit: Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University).
EVESHAM WORLD MAP, c1400 Created for the prior of Evesham Abbey, this map marks the birth of modern English patriotism. The top is a world map in the traditional medieval sense, with the Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babel below and a large multi-towered Jerusalem but at the bottom an enormous England stretches from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. The very large tower above the French coast is Calais, captured in 1347 in the age of Henry V and Agincourt.
This double-sided Japanese woodcut displays a world map on the front and illustrated examples of the peoples of the world on the verso. It exemplifies the Bankoku-sozu (“complete maps of the peoples of the world”) style of cartography influenced by European techniques and geographic knowledge in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.