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Selected Special Collections

  • Accademia Della Crusca Collection: Italian-language publications representing the best usage of Italian in the humanities and sciences
  • African American Pamphlets: African American pamphlets from 1822-1909
  • Amateur Publications: Amateur publications by early twentieth-century young journalists, (112 titles).
  • American Almanac Collection: Seventeenth through nineteenth centuries
  • American and Foreign Magazines Collection: American and European magazines from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, (3,872 titles).
  • American Guide Series: Guidebooks for each state, including Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, published by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration, 1940-42, (121 titles dispersed in the division's collection).
  • American Imprints, 1640-1800: Books and pamphlets printed in the United States between 1640 and 1800, (16,990 titles).
  • Anarchism Collections: Publications prepared for U. S. foreign-language communities
  • Susan B. Anthony Collection: Library and papers of Susan B. Anthony
  • Archive of French Publishing Prospectuses Collection: Nineteenth-century prospectuses from European publishing firms (chiefly from France and Belgium, 1830-1870), (1,000 items).
  • Armed Services Editions Collection: Archival set of paperbacks published for the American Armed Forces, 1943-1947)
  • John James Audubon's "Birds of America" Collection: One set of unbound plates from "Birds of America" housed individually in mylar folders; one set of bound plates.
  •  Authors' Manuscripts Collection: Manuscripts, proofs, and various states of publications by miscellaneous authors received as gifts over the years, (36 titles).
  • Paul Avrich Collection: American and European anarchist publications issued after 1900, (10,250 items).
  • Charles Edward Banks Collection: American and English genealogical material, chiefly in manuscript notes and clippings, (55 items).
  • John Davis Batchelder Collection: Books, manuscripts, and other material assembled by John Davis Bachelder
  • Bible Collection: Early editions and rare issues of the Bible in numerous languages, (1,471 titles).
  • Big Little Book Collection: Popular children's books, mid-twentieth century
  • Katherine Golden Bitting Collection: Publications and manuscripts on gastronomy, fifteenth through twentieth centuries
  • Bollingen Foundation Collection: Records and publications of the Bollingen Foundation
  • Bookplate Collection: Bookplates designed by twentieth-century Russian artists, (130 bookplates).
  • Broadside Collection: Mostly single-sheet publications from Europe and the Americas (with the vast majority from the United States) dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.
  • Broadside Song Collection: Nineteenth-century musical lyrics in English, (4,525 items).
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Collection: Library and papers of Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association
  • Miguel de Cervantes Collection: Rare editions of Cervantes in eight different languages, the gift of Leonard Kebler, (400 volumes dispersed in the division's collection).
  • Children's Book Collection: Children's books, eighteenth century to present
  • Christian Science Collection: Books on the foundation of the Christian Science Church, received through either copyright deposit or donation, (325 titles dispersed in the division's collection).
  • Confederate States of America Collection: Publications issued in the South during the Civil War
  • Confederate States of America Collection; Confederate Songs: Southern ballads about the Civil War, (158 broadsides).
  • Congressional Speech Collection: Pamhlets of Speeches delivered by members of Congress, 1825-1940
  • Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection: Broadsides and other documents related to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the ratification of the new Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights.
  • Continental Congress Broadside Collection: Broadsides and other documents pertaining to the work of the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War and Confederation periods.
  • Howard Dearstyne Collection: Printed material transferred from the Dearstyne Papers in the Manuscript Division, (432 items).
  • Dell Paperback Collection: Archival set of Dell paperbacks
  • Dime Novel Collection: Popular paperback fiction, nineteenth century
  • Charles Dickens Collection: First editions of Charles Dickens' works included in the Leonard Kebler gift, (dispersed in the Division's collection).
  • Documents of the First Fourteen Congresses: Congressional documents, 1789-1817, (12,922 titles).
  • Lester Douglas Collection: Printed material designed and donated by Lester Douglas, (98 items).
  • Wilberforce Eames Collection: Nineteenth-century religious tracts in various languages (i.e., Tamal and Bulgarian), (103 items).
  • Early Bulgarian Imprint Collection: Bulgarian-language publications, nineteenth century
  • Early Copyright Records Collection: U. S. copyright registers and accession records, 1790-1870
  • Early Printing Collection: Books printed between 1501 and 1520, (462 titles).
  • Harrison Elliott Collection: Paper specimens, personal papers and research material relating to the history of papermaking
  • English Printing Collection: Books printed in England between 1521 and 1641, (1,613 titles).
  • George Fabyan Collection: Early editions of works of seventeenth-century English literature, publications relating to cryptography
  • Charles Feinberg-Whitman Collection: Early editions of Walt Whitman's works, (488 titles).
  • Fine Bindings File: Books noted for their fine bindings, (20 titles).
  • Herman Finkelstein Collection: Twentieth-century American literature, (300 titles). .
  • Peter Force Library: Early American imprints and incunabula
  • Fore-Edge File: Books with paintings on the fore-edge, (44 titles dispersed in the division's collection).
  • Foreign Almanac Collection: Almanacs printed in various countries, with the majority from England, (672 titles). .
  • Benjamin Franklin Collection: Papers and publications of Benjamin Franklin
  • Franklin Book Program Collection: Archival set of Franklin Program publications of American books translated into Middle Eastern and Asian languages, (3,980 titles in remote storage).
  • Sigmund Freud Collection: Early editions of Freud's writings
  • Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection: Manuscripts, first editions, pirated editions, and other material by and relating to Mark Twain, (450 items). .
  • Frederic W. Goudy Collection: Personal library, papers, and publications of type designer Frederic Goudy
  • Gryphius Collection: Books printed by Sebastianus Gryphius in Lyons in the sixteenth century, (135 titles).
  • Louise Imogen Guiney Collection: Late nineteenth-century works by this American poet and essayist, (95 titles).
  • Hawaiian Imprint Collection: Hawaiian publications, nineteenth century
  • Henry Harisse Collection: Publications, papers, and maps pertaining to the early exploration of America
  • Jean Hersholt Collections: Early editions of Hans Christian Andersen's writings and his papers; first editions of the writings of Hugh Walpole and Sinclair Lewis and related papers.
  • Martin Hertz Gift: World War II propaganda ephemera, (2 scrapbooks).
  • Frank J. Hogan Collection: Instructional texts, early nineteenth-century paperbound books, and rare juvenile American publications, (86 titles).
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes: Book and print collection of the Holmes family
  • Harry Houdini Collection: Publications, scrapbooks, and other material relating to spiritualism and magic
  • House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) Collection: Pamphlets collected by HUAC, many of which the committee deemed "un-American." (4,000 pamphlets).
  • Incunabula Collection: Books printed between 1455 and 1501, (3,797 titles).
  • International Mark Twain Society Collection: Publications from the International Mark Twain Society, (729 items).
  • Washington Irving's Works: Rare editions of Washington Irving's works donated by Leonard Kebler, (dispersed in the division's collection).
  • Henry James Collection: Early editions of James' writings
  • Janus Press Collection: Archival materials relating to book production by Claire Van Vliet at the Janus Press, (1,000 items).
  • Thomas Jefferson Collection: Thomas Jefferson book collection
  • Juvenile Collection: Children's books dating from the early eighteenth century to the present, (18,200 items). .
  • Rudyard Kipling Collections: Early editions of Rudyard Kipling's writings; related papers and research materials
  • Hans P. and Hanni Kraus Collection: Early books, manuscripts, maps, and memorabilia related to the explorations of Sir Francis Drake.
  • L.C. Archival Collection: Library of Congress publications, (10,000 items).
  • Lincoln Collection: Publications given to the Library by the descendants of Abraham Lincoln, (64 titles).
  • Little Blue Book Collection: Archival set of Little Blue Books, (853 titles).
  • Francis Longe Collection: Published theatrical works in English, 1607-1812
  • Martin Luther Collection: Early works attributed to Martin Luther, (285 titles)
  • M & S Collection: Twentieth-century radical publications, (10,000 items).
  • James Madison Pamphlet Collection: Pamphlets and broadsides relating to James Madison, (6 portfolios).
  • Manuscript Plays Collection: American play typescripts submitted for copyright deposit in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, (3,062 typescripts).
  • McGuffey Reader Collection: Children's textbooks designed to teach language skills and morals
  • McManus-Young Collection: Publications and pictorial material relating to magic, magical apparatus
  • Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Pre-1601 western manuscripts, (158 titles).
  • Kirkor Minassian Collection: Islamic bookbindings
  • Miniature Book Collection: Books ten centimeters or less in height, (1,596 titles).
  • Miscellaneous Bound Pamphlets Collection: Seventeenth-through nineteenth-century pamphlets, mostly in English, (30,000 pamphlets).
  • William Morris and Kelmscott Press Collection: Imprints from the Kelmscott Press printed by William Morris, (170 titles).
  • Daniel Murray Pamphlet Collection: Pamphlets on African American history, 1850-1920
  • NEA Small Press Collection: Archival collection of modern small press publications funded by grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Program, (2,500 items).
  • Edward Newton Collection: Material from the library of A. Edward Newton, (94 titles).
  • Patent Office Deposit Collection: Publications deposited by the Patent Office, (88 titles).
  • Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection: Graphic art, papers, and cookbook collection of Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell (183)
  • Poetry Collection: Presentation and limited edition copies of works of poetry formerly housed in the Poetry Office, (733 titles).
  • Poetry Ephemera Collection: Modern poetry published as ephemera, (22 items).
  • The Portuguese Pamphlets: Documents relating to 19th century Portugual
  • Pre-1801 Imprint Collection: Books printed before 1801 originally assigned to the Library's general collection and transferred to the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, (42,000 titles).
  • Presidents' Books Collection: Personal or autographed books of United States Presidents, (200 titles dispersed throughout the division's collection).
  • Press Collection: Works of selected modern British and American private presses, (3,500 titles).
  • Printed Ephemera Collection: Printed ephemeral material, (39 items).
  • Pulp Fiction Collection: Popular American fiction magazines, 1920s-1950s
  • Radical Pamphlets Collection: Pamphlets, broadsides, and memorabilia concerning American communism, anarchism, and socialism, 1870-1980 (especially 1930-1949), (2,000 items).
  • Reformation Collection: Publications Relating to the Reformation, sixteenth century
  • Reserve Storage Collection: Late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century English-language material submitted as copyright deposits, (7,000 items).
  • Reserve Storage Drama Collection: English-language plays and playbills from 1870 to 1900, (5,831 items). .
  • Bruce Rogers Collection: Books designed by Bruce Rogers and his personal papers
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Collection: Material concerning Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (13 titles).
  • Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection: The illustrated book, fifteenth through twentieth centuries
  • Roycrofters Collection: Books published at the Roycrofter colony founded by Elbert Hubbard, (97 items).
  • Russian Imperial Collection: Books from the libraries of the Russian imperial family
  • Theodore Roosevelt Hunting Library: Publications on hunting, natural hstory, and exploration
  • Seaside Library Collection: Folio Collections including 2,500 popular titles from the 19th century published in inexpensive serial form by George Munro.
  • Shakers Collection: Shaker literature donated by J. P. MacLean, (487 items).
  • Shakespeare Folio Collection: Shakespeare's First, Second, Third, and Fourth Folios, (6 titles).
  • Spanish American Imprint Collection: Books from various Latin American countries dating from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, (368 titles).
  • Special Format Collection: Custodial collection of items which, because of their unusual format, are housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, (5,000 titles).
  • State House and Senate Documents: Journals, proceedings, and other documents of the states from the colonial period to the mid-nineteenth century, (2,200 items).
  • Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana: Publications, manuscripts, prints, and other material relating to Abraham Lincoln
  • Stone and Kimball Collection: Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century publications of Stone and Kimball, (182 titles).
  • "T.C." Collection: Early works of Theodore Dreiser collected by Walter N. Tobriner and presented to Roger S. Cohen, (115 titles).
  • Tabard Inn Library Collection: Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century imprints from the Tabard Inn Library, a circulating library, (87 items).
  • John Boyd Thacher Collection: Incunabula, early Americana, material pertaining to the French Revolution, autographs
  • Theater Playbills Collection: Nineteenth-century English-language playbills, (3,253 items).
  • The Third Reich Collection: Publications and photographs from the libraries of Nazi leaders
  • Gaston and Albert Tissandier Collection: Publications relating to the history of aeronautics, (1,800 titles dispersed in the collection).
  • Raymond Toinet Collection: Early editions of French literary works, (2,500 titles dispersed in the collection).
  • John Meredith Toner Collection: Publications and papers relating to the history of American medicine, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; early American Imprints
  • Mark Twain Collection: Rare Twain manuscripts and books donated by Mrs. Frances R. Friedman, (450 items).
  • Unclassified Collection: Nineteenth and twentieth century English-language material, (5,607 items).
  • Underground Movement Collection: World War II resistance material, (16,162 items).
  • Jules Verne Collection: Early editions of Jules Verne's writings collected by Willis E. Hurd, (146 titles).
  • Otto Vollbehr Collection: Incunabula
  • Wagner-Camp Collection: Western Americana selected from Henry Wagner's bibliography, The Plains and the Rockies, (451 titles).
  • George Washington Collection: Autographed copies of books belonging to Washington, (40 titles).
  • Wertham Collection: Publications primarily related to psychology, (10,000 unprocessed items).
  • Walt Whitman Collection: Early editions of Walt Whitman's writings
  • Woodrow Wilson Library: Books and personal mementos of Woodrow Wilson
  • World War II Propaganda Collection: Propaganda material distributed in Europe during World War II, (6,700 items).
  • YA Pamphlet Collection: Nineteenth-century congressional documents; nineteenth-century English-language pamphlets; and European imprints from the sixteenth century onward, (25,290 items).
  • Yudin Collection: Publications relating to Russian history, bibliography, and literature, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; pictorial material; papers of the Russian American Company

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