Hearn History of Writing and Printing

Hearn History of Writing and Printing

The Hearn History of Writing and Printing Collection, donated by Lily Hearn and her family, consists of nineteen examples of writing and printing from cultures and languages around the globe. Items range from a Sumerian cuneiform tablet on clay dated 2034 BC to a Coptic Ethiopian scroll, Asian wooden printing board, and medieval illuminated manuscripts on vellum.


Lily Hearn and her husband, Joseph Hearn, avid travelers, acquired the collection. While both were teaching at San Bernardino Valley College, Lily developed a course on the History of Writing, Printing and Libraries that she taught for many years.


The Hearn History of Writing and Printing Collection is permanently installed along a gallery wall adjacent to Special Collections, in keeping with Lily’s wish to make it accessible to young people.


Stop by the exhibit or learn more about the collection (MSWord).