Boston Public Library John Adams Unbound

This groundbreaking project by C&G Partners, the result of a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), drew six times more visitors than any previous exhibit at the BPL. The experience is organized around a single quote Adams wrote to himself, questioning the purpose of his own prolific book collecting.Adams was not only a bibliophile, but an avid annotator. His hand-written notes became the focus of the design. Computer stations allow visitors to access scanned images of the entire library, page by page, including annotations. Layers of descriptive information within display cases interpret the collection in the voice of the curators, historical figures, and, of course, Adams himself. See the companion website and hear the audio tour here.