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Literature and Rare Books Collections

Literature and Rare Books Collections

Literary Collections

Literary special collections include both book and manuscript holdings that document the lives and work of significant literary figures. Notable archival holdings include the literary archive, including both manuscripts and books, of American writer Katherine Anne Porter and writer/artist Djuna Barnes. Additional literary collections include writings and works by T.S. Eliot, Thom Gunn, Ernest Hemingway, and literary first appearances of authors and poets.

Rare Books

Rare books collections in Special Collections and University Archives contain books and pamphlets dating from the 15th century to the present and cover a variety of subjects encompassing the humanities. Topics include natural history (including botany and agriculture), politics, the history of the printed book, science/mathematics, art, philosophy, and literature. Notable holdings include works by William Morris and the Kelmscott press, fine press books, early modern works, French revolutionary pamphlets, and German Expressionism works. 

Shelf of Rare Books from Special Collections and University Archvies