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Special Collections & University Archives

Rare Books Division

title pageThe Rare Books Division of the Department of Special Collections acquires rare, antiquarian and modern books of enduring value both for intellectual content and as historical artifacts. Materials are collected in subject areas across the humanities and sciences. Titles are selected for a variety of reasons, including strengthening of holdings important to faculty for both current and future teaching and research. Materials for the collections are acquired in many languages, and include a wide variety of subject areas. In addition to our broad, general rare book collection, there are named collections that focus on specific subjects, such as book arts, religion, science, literature, music, or American history. These materials are open for research to all those interested.

Featured collections

Named and subject-oriented book collections in Special Collections

Dupuis, Charles-François. Planches de l'origine de tous les cultes, ou Religion universelle: par Dupuis. Paris: H. Agasse, 1794.
Image: Dessiné par Ducondray, gravé à l’eau-forte par Pauquet, terminé au burin par P. H. Triere.

Thirty-six digitized texts, written in French between 1716 and 1835, investigate the mysterious perimeters of knowledge beyond Locke.

Gaetano Donizetti. Excerpt from Betly (La capanna svizzera). Original manuscript. 1836. MLM 264

Scores of operas, symphonic works, chamber music, and choral works by major composers from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Progymnasmata alchemiae, 1607

Books and manuscripts related to Isaac Newton and the development of the physical sciences in the 17th century.

Aldine printer's device

Books from the Aldine Press, founded in 1494 by Aldus Manutius and continued by his grandson, Aldo, until his death in 1597.

Kline Roethke Field Room collection case

Eighteenth and nineteenth century books of English literature, international politics, and illustrated works.

Schofield collection bookplate

Mary L. Schofield Collection of Children's Literature in Special Collections

Bookplate for the Samson collection of Judaica

Samson collection of Judaica once belonging to the Jewish Community of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Taube-Baron collection of Jewish studies and culture, from the library of Professor Salo Wittmayer Baron.