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The Watkinson Library
The Watkinson Library is an endowed library of approximately 164,500 volumes consisting of rare books, manuscripts, and a number of special collections. It was originally founded in 1857 as a "Library of Reference" in downtown Hartford. It came to the College in 1952 and its permanent home is now on the A-floor.
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
The University of Kansas
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library is the rare books, manuscripts, and archives library of the University of Kansas. The Library was a gift to the University in 1968 from Helen Foresman Spencer in memory of her husband, Kenneth Aldred Spencer, a prominent Kansas City industrialist. The Spencer Library welcomes all visitors, readers and researchers to view its exhibitions or consult the rare books, manuscripts, and other historical resources for which it provides a safe environment. Readers and researchers will find comfortable reading rooms with specialized collections of reference books in each department. Librarians, archivists, and a professional book conservator are on the staff to provide assistance and care for the materials. The Spencer Library is made up of three related departments, each of which holds both manuscript and printed material: the University Archives, devoted to the University and its people; the Kansas Collection, recording the history and culture of Kansas and the Great Plains; and the Department of Special Collections, a broad-based rare books and manuscripts library specializing in the humanities and the history of science. The University's collection of rare books and manuscripts in the history of medicine is held in a separate repository: the Clendening History of Medicine Library, part of the University of Kansas Medical Center, located in Kansas City, Kansas.
Art Libraries Society of North America
Founded in 1972, the Art Libraries Society of North America represents a creative diversity of expertise and interests. Producers, purveyors, and users of all types of art information join in dynamic collaboration!
The National Library of Scotland was founded over 300 years ago as the Library of the Faculty of Advocates. In 1709 the Copyright Act of Queen Anne gave the Library the right to obtain a copy of every book published in Great Britain. This is a privilege which the Library retains to this day. Over the centuries, by purchasing manuscripts and books to supplement those acquired by the privilege of legal deposit, the Advocates' Library developed into a national library in all but name. Eventually, the upkeep of such a major collection proved too great a burden for a private body, and it was agreed that the Faculty would present its collections (with the exception of legal material) to the nation. In 1925 the National Library of Scotland was formally constituted by Act of Parliament.
The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library
Since 1988, Broward County Library has worked toward creating a state-of-the-art literary center where rare books and special collections would be housed, preserved and shared in conjunction with a place for related lectures, programs and exhibits.
Through the personal involvement and generosity of Fort Lauderdale philanthropists Dianne and Michael Bienes, this celebration of the printed book as an art form and purveyor of culture has been realized. Support was provided through a grant from the Broward Public Library Foundation. Additional support for the project was provided by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council.
The Beckford Project
This web-page is dedicated to William Beckford (1760-1844), the English novelist, bibliophile, traveller, collector, and builder.
The Beckford Project is an ongoing undertaking developing a computerized catalogue of Beckford's library, which was one of the most remarkable collection of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. William Beckford (1760-1844) is chiefly remembered as the author of Vathek and builder of the greatest of all architectural follies, Fonthill Abbey. He was a man of many parts: collector of paintings, objects, and books; traveller; writer; builder and landscape gardener. Sensing his destiny, just before his coming of age celebrations, he wrote, "I fear I shall never be half so sapient, nor good for anything in this world, but composing old airs, building towers, forming gardens, collecting old japan, and writing a journey to china or the moon."
Educational Opportunities in museum, library, and archives conservation/preservation
A collection of links to hundreds of online public-access catalogs worldwide, maintained by Peter Scott and Doug Macdonald of the University of Saskatchewan Library. No matter how esoteric your interests are, webCATS will help you find bibliographic references to the books, documents, or manuals you need.
The Edward Clark Collection
The Edward Clark Collection (Napier University Library, Merchiston Campus, 10, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT) is a collection of
  • books,
  • rare books,
  • manuscripts,
  • slides and
  • miscellaneous items illustrating the development of printing and book production from the fifteenth century to the present day.
The collection includes works from
  • Aldus,
  • Caxton ,
  • Baskerville,
  • Caslon,
  • Caxton and
  • Plantin.
Amongst the more notable works in the collection are copies of William Morris's Kelmscott Chaucer, the Doves Bible and the great Oxford Lectern Bible designed by Bruce Rogers. It represents an invaluable resource for scholars of the book and printing history. A project is currently underway to catalogue the collection to ensure a wide access to it's holdings. The web pages allow access to the catalogue. Consisting of approximately 4,500 items, The Edward Clark Collection illustrates the development of printing and book production from the fifteenth century to the present day. The Collection contains many fine examples of book illustration and decoration, typefaces and bindings. The Collection has its origins in the will of an Edinburgh printer, Edward Clark, Chairman and Managing Director of R.& R. Clark Ltd of Edinburgh.
Special Collection Medicine
Archives and Special Collections, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.
  • COLLEGE ARCHIVES: Historical, legal, and administrative documents of the College of Medicine and its Foundation. Includes oral history videotapes, audiotapes and photographs.
  • HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPTS & DOCUMENTS: Files of individuals and organizations connected with health care in northeastern Ohio. Useful for historical study.
  • HISTORICAL BOOKS: Old, rare, or unusual books related to the history of medicine and health care. Maintained as special collection for the sake of preservation.
  • HISTORY OF MEDICINE MUSEUM: Medical and surgical implements, equipment, charts, and other objects maintained for the purpose of exhibit and teaching support.

James A. Gibson Library. Brock University's Special Collections and Archives. Housed here are materials unique to the Niagara Region. In addition to books and other items published by Niagara area residents, visitors may consult rare, scarce and valuable items in the collections, such as, limited editions, signed copies and early local imprints. The University Archives contain historical material related to the beginning and subsequent development of Brock University. The Special Collections Librarian selects and manages the materials herein with an eye toward conservation and preservation of these valuable resources..
Special Collections Un. Of Virginia
The Special Collections Department of the University of Virginia Library is pleased to make available "A Buyer's Market: a Selection of Recent Acquisitions in Special Collections" This exhibit consists of rare books, manuscripts, and University archives materials acquired in the past year, covering a number of fields including American history, American literature, British literature, sporting materials, natural history, printing and fine press, and Jorge Luis Borges.
Highlights include:
  • letters from Thomas Jefferson, Matthew Arnold, Alfred Tennyson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ellen Glasgow, and Langston Hughes
  • the complete typescript of Hemingway's The Green Hills of Africa
  • the first edition of The House Servant's Directory, the first cookery book by an African-American
Repositories of Primary Sources
University of Idaho, Special Colections. A listing of over 1200 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness
Special Collections in the Library of Congress
A Selective Guide: The Library's special collections include those thematically related groups of materials maintained as separate units in one or more of the Library's divisions. Since the nineteenth century special collections have played an important role in the Library's development, beginning with Thomas Jefferson's library, purchased by Congress in 1815 and now housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
In 1980, the Library published a guide called Special Collections in the Library of Congress: A Selective Guide, complied by Annette Melville, to introduce readers to nearly three-hundred of the Library's special collections (this guide is currently out of print). Since that time many new collections have further enriched the special holdings of the Library. The collection descriptions that were taken from this guide retain the numbering from that text.
Like the Library's collections as a whole, its special collections reflect the tremendously broad scope of its collecting program, as well as the particular significance of its collections for any student of culture and history.
University of Iowa Center for the Book, is an interdisciplinary program for the study and practice of the traditional and non-traditional arts of the book as well as the study of the book as a cultural artifact. The combination of specialists and facilities here at The University of Iowa constitutes an exceptional environment for learning and for the exchange of knowledge about the book as an aesthetic, historical, and cultural construct. As an interdepartmental program, the Center consists of a group of faculty and specialists who teach classes, train apprentices, conduct research, and practice the associated crafts of the book. Through their commitment to excellence in artistry and scholarship, they have each gained favorable recognition in the international book arts community. Faculty in history, classics, communication studies, English, and other academic areas are also available who teach courses and work with the academic curriculum relating to the historical and cultural areas of book studies.
BOOKS IN PRINT, (or Recently in Print), at the Iowan Center for the book (The Windhover Press, The Offset Workshop, and Center for the Book Editions).
The Master of Fine Arts in the Book Arts program is in its tenth year. The program is located in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; a verdant, traditional campus located on the banks of the mighty Black Warrior River. Up to eight new students are accepted per year for the two-year, 48-credit hour program which emphasizes the art and craft of making books by hand. The book is treated as a complete entity, from the first editorial inspiration, choice of typeface, book design, choice of art work to accompany the significant text, paper, bookbinding structure and decorative binding possibilities, with all decisions based upon a careful reading and rereading of the text. The students need to be highly motivated, and come from various undergraduate backgrounds and work experiences.
Special Collections, Wellesley College, Wellesley Massachusetts. ( The Book Arts Collection is devoted to the history and art of the book. The research component of the collection consists of over 3,500 volumes documenting all aspects of book production -- papermaking, printing, illustration, binding, bibliography, and publishing. In addition, there are over 4,000 volumes of specimens, ranging from the great typographers such as Aldus, Baskerville and Bodoni up to the twentieth century renaissance of modern fine printing. Here, for example, one can find works from the Kelmscott Press side by side with works by contemporary book artists, such as Claire Van Vliet, including limited editions, innovative binding structures, handmade papers, and one-of-a-kind books.)
Department of Special Collections, University of Southern California. Library donated to the University by Marta, Lion Feuchtwanger's widow. Over 30.000 volumes. Some 8,000 of the rarest books are housed on the USC campus, while 20,000 volumes remain on long-term loan at the Feuchtwanger's former residence, Villa Aurora, in Pacific Pallisades.
UBC Library, Special Collections and University Archives. Outstanding collection of published materials, including rare books and Canadiana; an extensive manuscript collection documenting the historic development of British Columbia; important collection of photographs and cartographic materials. Links to related websites.
These pages list catalogs with "webbed" interfaces. The original concept was to use a database program to create and manage lists of electronic texts, much like a library's online public access catalog. This list is intended to demonstrate how library catalogs can be made available through WWW clients.
online library catalogues. ( The online catalog is the most important and most powerful tool that libraries have to organize and present information to their users. Its strength lies in its relationship to a series of standards developed over time to meet the needs of both users and library staff. Each cataloging system is informed by an over-arching world-of-information-view that places catalog items in appropriate categories. Today users are offered what appears to be an enriched catalog replete with ancillary databases, cd-rom access, and various gateways to other information sources. To the user it's "just the catalog" even though it may in reality be a seamless web of programs using various types of hardware. Some libraries add simple text files containing tips on how to use the catalog, library guides, calendars of events; others offer commercial and in-house bibliographies and databases. Increasingly Internet libraries use Gopher or World Wide Web to make local and remote files, collections, and databases available. Automated mailing systems have not been used much thus far, but offer yet another way to inform users of new materials in the collection, changes in library policies and procedures, and up-coming special events. The uses of the online catalog are limited only by our vision and willingness to experiment. The databases listed in this guide demonstrate one method of adding value to the online catalog, but the catalog itself can contain a wider range of material than is usually included. For example, the Minnesota Historical Society has catalog entries for articles about Minnesota not just from in-house publications but also from local and regional publications that aren't index2ed elsewhere. The Society also includes extensive notes in the online catalog about artifacts in its collection.)
Bush Center, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN. Since its founding in 1965, the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library (HMML) has sent teams of researchers and technicians to film more than 25 million pages from nearly 90,000 volumes in libraries and archives throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Today, HMML represents one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of medieval and Renaissance sources in the world. The collection includes substantial holdings from Germany and Austria (including the National Library in Vienna), Spain, Portugal, England, Malta, Ethiopia and smaller collections from other countries. Virtually every subject of knowledge--theology, philosophy, law (canon and civil), music, art, science and medicine, the mechanical arts and the liberal arts--is reflected in this vast collection. More than a repository of manuscripts, the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library is one of the best research libraries in medieval studies in the country. Scholars from all over the world visit the Library, for short or extended periods, while others contact the Library by mail to request copies of microfilmed holdings. Efforts are underway to increase accessibility to the HMML collection through CD-ROM and other electronic means.
an Oxford Companion style reference work presenting capsule summaries regarding holdings relevant to more than 250 topics.
Curator Andrea Immel. Links to other sites relating to children's books. With pictures from the collection. ( Princeton University has received a gift of an extensive and very distinguished collection of children's books and related items, together with a pledge of $8 million to create facilities for them within Firestone Library and to endow related scholarly and outreach activities. The collection, known as the Cotsen Children's Collection, is the gift of Lloyd E. Cotsen, a member of the Class of 1950, and a charter trustee of the University. Cotsen is chairman and CEO of Neutrogena Corporation of Los Angeles. He began his career with the company in 1957 and developed the marketing strategy that has made the amber-colored, translucent bar of Neutrogena soap a successful product. The gift provides funds for a leading-edge research library with exhibit areas, utilizing interactive techniques and new technology to make the Cotsen Children's Library accessible to both scholars and groups of visiting children. The Cotsen Library will have its own curator, who will oversee a wide range of activities, including visits by outside scholars, annual colloquia on children's literature, research publications, and publication of a multi-volume catalog. Highlights of the Cotsen holdings include a unique privately printed first edition of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, inscribed as a Christmas present to Potter's cousin. The oldest items date from the 15th century: These include a Latin primer from 1486 consisting of hexameter couplets and moral one- liners representing the practical advice of a father to his son -- "read books," "shun whores," etc. -- and a Latin translation of the ancient Hindu fables of "Bidpai" printed in 1489.)
American Library Association. This is a list of book related links, both to bookschool information and general links. Very usefull page.
one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and special collections in the United States. As the primary center of special collections within the library system at Berkeley, Bancroft supports major research and reference activities and plays a leading role in the development of research collections. The GLADIS library catalogs can be accessed from their homepage. The library's RARE BOOKS COLLECTION was founded in 1954. It is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making accessible old, rare, fragile, and sensitive materials over the entire range of the Library of Congress classification scheme. Images from the Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection can be viewed at CALIFORNIA CORNERSTONES. In the PHOTOGRAPHY LINKS section of our website you can find links to the Bancroft Library Pictorial Collections and the Hearst Mining Collection of Views by C.E.Watkins.
The Rare Books Department has a very large collection, mostly contemporary, books and pamphlets on the French revolution. There is also a section Bibliography and Typography that contains old presses (Caxton) and modern private presses.
Catalog Librarian for the German Library Project, located at the German Society in Pennsylvania. Scott is a member of the Western European Specialists Section and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Ass. of College and Research Libraries.
website with links to Electronic Resources and Exhibits (The Special Collections Department, located in Alderman Library, administers for the University Library system over 10.1 million manuscripts, 2.4 million items in the University archives, and 237,300 rare books, as well as ca. 3,500 maps, over 4,000 broadsides, more than 125,000 photographs and small prints, over 8,000 reels of microfilm, nearly 8,000 microfiche, and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera.) , National and International Special Collections, the Electronic Text Center (the University of Virginia combines an on-line archive of thousands of SGML-encoded electronic texts (some of which are publicly available) with a library-based Center housing hardware and software suitable for the creation and analysis of text. Through ongoing training sessions and support of individual teaching and research projects, the Center is building a diverse and expanding user community locally, and providing a potential model for similar enterprises at other institutions.) , and Special Collections Resources on the Internet.
books printed before 1701 in the libraries of the Anglican Cathedrals of England and Wales. ( The Cathedral Libraries Catalogue has been a long time in the making. In an article published in The Library (5, ii, 1947, pp. 1--13), Miss M.S.G. Hands, the Catalogue's creator, decribes the project's origins in the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Catalogue under Strickland Gibson in the thirties. In October 1943 the Bibliographical Society and the Pilgrim Trust were asked to support the creation of a Cathedral Libraries Catalogue. The Bibliographical Society's sponsorship of the project has been vital throughout, through the enthusiasm firstly of Sir Frank Francis during his time as the Society's Hon. Secretary and then of his successor, Mr R.J. Roberts. The Pilgrim Trust provided finance for the project and in March 1944 Miss Hands started work at Worcester Cathedral where she worked until August of that year, cataloguing 3230 books printed before 1701. It was originally intended that all entries should be made in duplicate so that a copy could be left for each cathedral. This proved to be too time-consuming, though as late as 1956 Miss Hands was still trying to devise a way of providing such a record. The Society can now make good this debt through publication of the Catalogue, something which was only tentatively considered at the beginning of the project. Miss Hands estimated that there were approximately 20,000 -- 25,000 books to be catalogued and that the work could be completed in six years. In fact, this estimate must be doubled (at least) --- this first volume contains about the same number of entries simply for the English books and the number of individual copies is far in excess of this. Consequently, when the grant from the Pilgrim Trust finally ran out after twelve years in 1956, Miss Hands had catalogued the early printed books of twenty-eight cathedrals. Several of the remaining libraries were known to be very large and the Society was for many years perplexed as to what steps it should take to see the catalogue completed.)
The Association of Jewish Libraries
Archives and Manuscripts, Records of British publishing and printing, Historical farm records, Records of contemprary writing , Modern political papers, Business records, Other historical and literary collections, University archives and records , Beckett Collection, Samuel Beckett (1906-1992), Irish/French writer Children's Collection, Cole Library, early medicine and zoology , Cotton Bee Collection, bees and apiculture Elkin Mathews Collection, Charles Elkin Mathews (1894-1921), publisher Finzi Book Room, literature collection of the composer Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) Finzi Music Collection, music collection of the composer Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) Gibbings Collection, Robert Gibbings (1889-1958), author and wood-engraver Great Exhibition of 1851, H Baron Collection, lithographed music, Hawkins Collection, early geology and palaeontology, Knight-Stendhal Collection, Stendhal, French novelist, Matthews-Shelley Collection, P B Shelley, poet, Overstone Library, nineteenth-century private library; humanities and social sciences, especially economics Parish collections, Abingdon, Buckland, Didcot and Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire Printing Collection, R.U. Reserve, material relating to or by members of the University of Reading , Stenton Library, history, especially English medieval history, Turner Collection, French Revolution, Tyler-Liebig Collection, Justus Liebig (1803-1873), German chemist, Wain Collection, John Wain (1925-1994), English writer, Archive of the Keepsake Press.
An Exhibition from the Collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg. For three decades, Lawrence Schoenberg has been collecting in an area reserved for the few: illustrated manuscripts from the medieval and early modern periods. This is not a niche for the timid or the occasional collector. The market for these manuscripts is highly competitive and extraordinarily demanding, requiring a kind of knowledge and discernment singular in the trade. Manuscripts from this period regularly attract an international clientele of elite institutions and serious collectors. Mr. Schoenberg's collection represents a studied appreciation of the artifacts and their history, as well as a careful evaluation of the market for them. What is most striking about the collection is its breadth. Stretching from the eleventh to the eighteenth century, it includes monastic, university, and lay texts. There are manuscripts not only in Latin and western European vernaculars, but also in Hebrew, Persian, and Arabic. Texts in the collection deal with everything from prayer and liturgy to mathematics and horse breeding. Its codices contain spectacular illuminations as well as utilitarian illustrations. For the scholar, Mr. Schoenberg's collection is a rich banquet at which to dine. Here one can study the contrasts between public and private devotion, the evolution of the school curriculum, the practices of history, and some chapters in a yet-to-be written history of science and technology. The connoisseur can take special delight in notable provenances (Phillips, Ruskin, Libri, and Abbey); exquisite miniatures; an elegant portolan atlas; an early illustrated medical miscellany; and a fine sampling of Books of Hours. In short, the collection offers a grand tour of the traditions of illumination and illustration as they evolved in the codex manuscript.

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