The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives comprise one of the largest and oldest art museum libraries in the country. The collection, established in 1823, has been developed to encourage understanding of the Museum's collections and history. Paralleling the Museum's encyclopedic collections, the Museum Libraries and Archives are particularly strong in the arts of the Americas (North and South), Africa, Asia, Ancient Egypt and Islam. The Wilbour Library of Egyptology is an important resource for the study of ancient Egypt. The Museum Archives contains institutional records, curatorial correspondence, expedition reports, and other related textual and visual records related to the Brooklyn Museum and its collections. Of particular note are the papers of founding curators Stewart Culin, Curator of Ethnology from 1903 to 1929, and William Henry Goodyear, Curator of Fine Arts from 1899 to 1923. Library Special Collections include a full range of visual and textual documents ranging from fashion sketches to artists' books