At its founding in 1865, Cornell University became one of few institutions of higher learning that adopted a nonsectarian approach. They welcomed students and faculty of any religion or no religion at all. Interestingly, though, Cornell University collected a vast array of religious works from its beginning as part of their archival collection. This site highlights that collection in an online exhibit.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll find a great introduction paragraph that explains the site and a navigation menu on the left side of the page. You’ll also find some featured items from their collection highlighted on the main page. I recommend browsing through the sections in the order that they’re presented in. Mostly because I don’t want you to miss any of the cool objects highlighted in each section, but you could also just check out the sections the interest you.

Some of my favorite sections are Architecture, Art History, and History of the Book. You can click on any of the thumbnails to make the image bigger. It will pop out and display a larger image and the description of the item it came from. Then you can use the X in the top left corner to close the image viewer.

Go check out these amazing objects today!