Founded in 1919 by businessman and collector Henry E. Huntington, The Huntington is "one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers". The Huntington is devoted to the collection of books and art as well as the preservation of a botanical garden. The Library holds an extraordinary collection of books and manuscripts related to the fields of British and American history. With approximately six million items, the Library has one of the most complete research collections in the United States of America for its specialization. Among these collections, The Huntington houses "a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works". The Huntington offers over one hundred grants for scholarly research in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science.