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18th Century Reading Room
- Collection of letters, maps, documents, books, music, engravings, and other materials from Europe and the Americas ranging from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
ASU Special Collections
- Collection of rare books, manuscripts, and numerous special-interest collections centered around particular persons or topics of interest to scholars. Located at Arizona State University.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Features one of the few original, remaining Gutenberg Bibles, a sunken sculpture garden and translucent marble "windows." Located on the campus of Yale University.
- Includes materials in a variety of languages plus a special collection of United Nations resources.
The British Cartoon Archive
- Catalogue database of over 85,000 cartoons covering British social and political history. Based at the University of Kent.
Bucknell University - Sheary Project
- Selected histories, genealogical data, newspapers, and civil war manuscripts from central Pennsylvania at the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library.
Children's Literature Research Collections
- Contains children's literature collections available for research use at the University of Minnesota Elmer L. Anderson Library, including Kerlan, Hess, Treasure Island, Oz, and Paul Bunyan.
Civil War Newspapers
- Contains readable, searchable Harper's Weekly Civil War newspapers from 1861-1865.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
- Collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South American maps and other historic materials.
Eli Siegel Collection
- Collection includes books on literature, philosophy, history, art, economics, and science, many of which contain handwritten annotations by Mr. Siegel (1902-1978). The Collection is open by appointment to persons seriously studying Aesthetic Realism.
Filipinas Heritage Library
- Electronic research center on the Philippines.
An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger Archive
- Collection of books and art about the Irish famine, including digitized handwritten pages from the Board of Guardians meetings in Killarney.
Hannah Arendt Collection
- The Hannah Arendt Collection, which resides at Bard College's Stevenson Library, consists of Arendt's personal library.
The Islamic Foundation Library
- Collection of Islamic Literature in Leicestershire England. Search the catalogue in various languages.
The Jacob M. Lowy Collection
- [English, French] Hebraica and Judaica, Rare Bibles, and Hebrew Incunables spanning several centuries.
Josep Bosch Historical Newspapers Collection
- A project to recover, restore, preserve and exhibit historical newspapers from all over the world. The emphasis is to collect newspapers published in the city or country where the event took place.
Kent State University Special Collections
- Contains works of literature, performing arts, and histories of crime, labor, and printing dating back to the 1800's.
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
- Collection specializes in the Renaissance and Reformation time periods.
Literature for Children
- A collection of digitized children's literature titles from the 17th through 20th centuries.
Margaret Herrick Library
- Offers research and reference collections about the motion picture industry.
Mayview Manor, Blowing Rock NC
- Brief history and an assortment of photos taken of the famous Mayview Manor, Blowing Rock, NC in the 1930s.
Misericords of the World
- Photographs of misericords found in British and European churches, Cathedrals, Hospitals and Courts.
Monash University Rare Books Collection
- Rare editions of literary and artistic works dating from 1476 to present.
The Morrison Collection
- A collection held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) containing Chinese books, manuscripts, and operas collected by Dr. Robert Morrison between 1807 and 1824.
Munchausen - Library
- Private library for research concerning the phenomenon of Munchausen.
National Air Photo Library
- [English, French] Collection containing millions of aerial photographs of Canada from the 1920s to present.
National First Ladies Library
- Located in the home of Ida McKinley in Canton, Ohio, this library includes biographies, photos, oral histories, and other materials about U.S. First Ladies.
Pitcairn Islands Study Center
- A museum-research facility at Pacific Union College containing materials on Pitcairn and the Mutiny on the Bounty.
Research World History
- Research articles and historic photographs.
The Rothschild Archive
- Located in London, England, the archive was established to preserve the record of a family that was widely recognized for contributions to the economic, political, and social history of many countries throughout the world.
Sacred-Magick: The Esoteric Library
- Collection of esoteric, occult, and magick writings. Monthly membership fees required.
SFSU J. Paul Leonard Library -- Special Collections & Archives
- Archive of San Francisco State University, the library also contains source materials relating San Francisco Bay area history, and the Marguerite Archer Collection of Historic Children's Materials.
UBC Library - Special Collections and University Archives
- Collection houses rare research materials, children's literature, historic maps and photographs, a special section on the history of Chinese immigrants to Canada.
UC Riverside Libraries Special Collections
- Including media in a wide range of subject areas, including science fiction and fantasy, Native American history, citrus history and California history.
University of Alberta Bruce Peel Special Collections Library
- Collection includes many rare and fragile works including pre-18th John Bunyan, 18th century English poetry and plays, and Victorian and Edwardian Children's Fiction. Access restrictions apply.
University of Arizona Library Special Collections
- Includes four core collections: the History of Science Collection, The Fine and Theater Arts Collection, the British and American Authors Collection, and The Art of the Book. Located at the University of Arizona Library in Phoenix, Arizona.
University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Special Collections
- Special collections department houses several unique collections ranging from religion to politics. Works date from the 13th-20th centuries.
University of Florida - Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
- Contains sections on children's literature, performing arts, Florida history, rare books, and university archives.
University of Limerick Special Collection Library
- Contains 20,000 items including maps, postcards, prints and engravings.
University of Michigan Special Collections Library
- A variety of collections including an assortment of ancient papyri dating to 300 BC. Papyri topics include Biblical fragments, religious writings, public and private documents, private letters, astronomical, astrological, mathematical, and magical texts.
University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives
- Houses rare books and manuscripts including the papers of Sen. Wayne Morse, children's literature, documentation of women in society, missionaries, feminist and lesbian periodicals, Oregon trail diaries, and architectural materials.
University of Virginia Special Collections Library
- Historical collection including a collection of letters, documents, and early printings of the Declaration of Independence.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives
- Collection contains manuscripts, photographs, performing arts materials, and rare books in divinity, history of religion and Methodism, history of fine paper and printing, significant Mark Twain editions, a collection of 18th and 19th-century accounts by travelers to Latin America, Mesoamerican codices, and a subject collection in demonology and witchcraft.
The Yale Map Collection
- Houses rare sheet maps (pre-1850) and other map and reference collections.
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