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Rare books


Special Collections, Barchas Room

Acquires and preserves manuscripts, rare books, and university archives.

Notable 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.

The Drink Problem and its Solution

This collection consists of over 1200 items, published roughly between 1800 and 1980.

Subject Librarians

Mattie Taormina
Head of Public Services and Processing Manuscript Librarian
(650) 724-4613