About Special Collections

More than 200,000 rare books range in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books; over 1000 manuscript collections, medieval to modern; 8,000 feet of records document University history.

The Libraries’ repository of primary source materials: Exceptional literary collections of writers from Walt Whitman to Iris Murdoch; historical collections document the French Revolution, Westward Expansion, and the Civil War – and Chautauqua and vaudeville performers, science fiction fanzines, the culinary arts, political cartooning, screenwriting, artists’ books, and more.

Tens of thousands of pamphlets, photographs, posters, sound recordings, and other formats.

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