A university as old as Princeton has received many bequests, but perhaps none quite as magnificent as a recent bequest that is the largest Princeton has ever received. The university recently revealed the contents of the $300 million bequest. Some amazing treasures are included.
William Scheide inherited a startling collection that his grandfather had started. The collection has been maintained at Princeton University since 1959. When Scheide passed away a few months ago, he left the entire collection to the university.
It is worth approximately $300 million.
Recently, Princeton released to the public the contents of the collection, as reported by The Telegraph in "Emily Dickinson's chocolate pudding recipe and nine other highlights from Princeton's $300m book haul."
Other highlights from the Scheide collection include:
- A copy of the original Gutenberg Bible
- One of Beethoven's musical sketchbooks
- Three original Shakespeare folios
- Handwritten sheet music from Bach, Mozart, Wagner and others
- An autographed speech by President Lincoln
- General Grant's copybooks from the last weeks of the Civil War
- A copy of the Koran from 1700
Reference: The Telegraph (February 18, 2015) "Emily Dickinson's chocolate pudding recipe and nine other highlights from Princeton's $300m book haul."