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The SWC Rare Books Collection

The University Library's Rare Books Collection has grown in 50 years from less than 100 items housed in a locked case to a separate department with some 38,000 volumes and a full-time rare books librarian. The collection's holdings are a rich resource for research, providing a wide breadth of material including manuscripts, rare and early printed books and maps, limited editions and fine bindings. With a primary focus of 19th- and 20thcentury American and British literature, its in-print collection of Joseph Conrad is perhaps the strongest in the world. Other authors with significant representation include John Donne, Rudyard Kipling, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Kay Boyle and James Dickey. Many of the collections include not only first and signed editions, but also letters, diaries and other personal materials.

The Rare Books Collection also contains manuscripts ranging from 14th-century texts to the letters of such historically important individuals as Thomas Jefferson and Queen Isabella of Spain. Materials include early printed maps as well as a substantial collection of texts by classical Greek and Roman authors. The works of such seminal scientists as Newton and Galileo are complemented by the writings of contemporary science writer Stephen Jay Gould. A collection on water dowsing is unique among the special holdings of American universities.

New Digital Collection -- The Oriental Collection contains rare book leaves, hand written scripts and prints.

Koger History of Science Collection

Chinese Plate

Meso-American Codices: A Finding Aid

Kvande 5307 Spring 2010 Virtual Exhibit

History of the Book