Please enjoy the West Chicago Public Library's digitized collection of book plates. The book plate collection was received in February 1935 as a gift from Cornelia Eames Anthony, who was part of a prominent family rooted in West Chicago. Cornelia Anthony was a formidable elocutionist providing dramatic readings to groups throughout the United States, but her greatest interest was in book plates. The book plate collection received by the West Chicago Public Library District was the result of Ms. Anthony's effort of collecting book plates over a 14-year time period. Her book plate collection consists of approximately 10,000 book plates, is international in scope, and was at one time considered by many librarians to be second only to that of the Library of Congress.