The "Treasure Room" was originally constructed in Walter Library to Mr. Bell's specifications. He wrote in his diary, "I am not at all in sympathy with the monotonous type of panelling which he [the University's architect] has incorporated in his sketches." Mr. Bell subsequently hired his own craftsmen to carve the paneling for the Library. The furnishings--all period antiques--were supplied through French and Company, New York.
In this photograph, Mr. Bell and University Library Edward B. Stanford peruse one of the items in the collection, one of the 12-volume set of Le grand atlas of Joan Blaeu, 1667.
Link here to a pdf version of a power point for more on Mr. Bell and the founding of the Bell Library.