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While most of the volumes date from the 19th and 20th centuries, several rare treatises on horsemanship, including one from the 16th century, are a part of the collection. The Duke of Newcastle's A General System of Horsemanship (1743), with its outstanding woodcuts, is the most striking example. Other items in the [collection |] provide a glimpse into military training, laws related to horse ownership, and the various levels of society. Photo albums by noted photographer L.S. Sutcliffe record life at major racing stables in the early 20th century. Many volumes provide historical information, such as descriptions of horse-drawn carriages, carriage roads, farriers and "stable economy". The variety of material is a rich resource for students and researchers in a number of disciplines - sociology, history, animal science.

Digitized Books
Through a recent agreement between the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) and the Open Content Alliance (OCA), we had the opportunity to digitize approximately 1500 pre-1923 books (those no longer in copyright) that are now openly available through the [Internet|]. This has significantly increased the impact and value of the Seaverns Collection, which until recently had been seen by very few people. As of April, 2010, the digitized books have been downloaded 236,990 times.