By Andrea Lynn One of the best-kept secrets in the scholarly world is about to go public. The largely unknown scholarly treasures of the UI Library - considered one of the greatest libraries in the world - are going on display Oct. 14 through Dec. 19. More than 100 rare and important items will be open to public viewing at the university's Krannert Art Museum. The exhibition is being mounted to give the world its first "general overview of the riches of our special collections," said University Librarian Robert Wedgeworth, who recently was re-elected president of the International Federation of Library Associations. An exhibit catalog, written by UI English professor George Hendrick and head of Special Collections Nancy Romero, will be distributed widely to show the depth and breadth of the library's holdings. Wedgeworth said that while a good number of scholars regularly travel to Illinois to use the university's remarkable special collections, most of the general population hasn't a clue about the gems that are shelved alongside the 8 million volumes and 7 million other items. Among the treasures being toted out of the Rare Book Room and Special Collections Library, and the University Archives and into the spotlight: * A French coronation manuscript, a manual of directions prepared for the 1326 crowning service of Charles IV. Marks indicating where the sign of the cross was to be made with the consecrated oil on the king's body lead scholars to believe that this was the very manuscript used in the ceremony. * A fragment of a Gutenberg Bible published about 1455 and considered particularly significant because it seems to have been produced before Gutenberg settled on the 42-line bible as his standard. * Eliot's "Indian Bible." This is the entire text of the Bible translated into the Massachuset dialect by the Reverend John Eliot, the so-called "Apostle to the Indians." Published in 1663, it was the first complete Bible printed in the New World. * The Marcel Proust Papers. The largest collection of letters to and from Proust, largely due to the efforts of the late UI professor Philip Kolb. Kolb's monumental work identifying and dating Proust's correspondence led to the publication, just before Kolb's death, of 21 volumes of Proust's correspondence. "One would expect to have to go to France to be able to study this kind of research archive, but it's right here at Illinois," Wedgeworth said. * The H.G. Wells Collection. More than 1,000 first-edition books by Wells, 60,000 letters to Wells, and 2,000 letters from Wells, one of the century's most remarkable literary figures and thinkers. * The Carl Sandburg Collection. The immense collection of books and papers document Sandburg's life as a poet, Lincoln biographer, journalist and deft writer of stories for children. * Important collections of outstanding UI alumni, including James Reston, who won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, and novelist William Maxwell, the fiction editor of The New Yorker magazine.