In an era of iPads and iPhones, the typewriter has become an object of rarified desire. Collector Steve Soboroff leads the charge in embracing this bygone technology.

“I love people who are the best at what they do,” Soboroff says. “The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills.”

Now, for the first time in a formal exhibit—and in a much-anticipated East Coast debut—14 of Soboroff’s prized typewriters make their mark at Northeastern.

Whether an admirer of Joe DiMaggio, John Lennon, or Ernest Hemingway, you can now see and touch the very machines that helped script communications—from the everyday to the unforgettable—for these and other legends prior to the digital revolution.