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The Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy

Collection Description

In 2011 Robert B. Ariail (USC 1956) donated an extraordinary collection of historical astronomy to the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina State Museum. Over the past half-century, Mr. Ariail built a collection that includes both historic telescopes and astronomical instruments, which are held by the South Carolina State Museum, and more than 5,000 rare books and other published items, now housed in the University's Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.