The Nyr Indictor Collection of the Alphabet is a research level resource of approximately 2,000 items that records in detail the worldwide development of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century alphabets.

Along with ABC books in languages as diverse as: Arabic, Cherokee, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, American Sign Language, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian, Yiddish, etc., the collection also includes formats as diverse as: artists’ books, blocks, broadsides, ceramics, clothing, compact discs, curtains, erasers, flash cards, food, friezes, glass, greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, key rings, miniature books, pencils, placemats, postcards, posters, records, rubber stamps, shoes, silhouettes, stationery stencils, stickers, textiles, toys and games, videotapes, umbrellas, wallpaper, wrapping paper, etc., in short – almost anything under the sun that records an alphabet.


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