The Harrison Collection was organized in 1963 through the efforts of City Librarian William Holman and Theo Jung, calligrapher and book designer. With their encouragement, local calligrapher Richard Harrison donated his private collection to the library and continued to provide support throughout his lifetime. The collection contains nearly 1,000 examples of modern calligraphy, including manuscripts, broadsides, handwritten books, fine prints, drawings and sketches. Nearly one hundred individual scribes and lettering artists are represented. Perspective on the development of bookhands is provided by a selection of medieval through seventeenth century leaves and books. A reference collection of over 600 works supports the study and practice of calligraphy.