The Special Collections Department houses close to 90,000 volumes and several hundred linear feet of manuscripts ranging in age from 2,000 BCE to the present. The general rare book collection is strongest in English and American literature while the special subject collections reflect the interests and research needs of the Boulder community and the state. The manuscript collections focus primarily on Colorado authors.
Please note that many materials housed in Special Collections do not have online records in Chinook, the Libraries' online catalog. Access to materials not found in Chinook is provided here on the Department webpages and in the card catalog and finding guides kept in the Department's reading room.
Virtual Visit – Welcome to Special Collections!
Welcome video created by WRTG 3035 students, Technical Communication and Design, taught by Kathryn Pieplow, Fall 2012.
Gifts & Donations
Many of the important works in the collection are gifts, or their acquisition was made possible by donation. The Associate Faculty Director of Special Collections would be pleased to consult with anyone interested in making a contribution. Call Special Collections at 303-492-6144.
Curated by students in HUMN 4093
Both exhibits now on display
Free and open to the public
Special Collections Reading Room, Norlin N345
and by appointment
For more information call 303-492-6144
Selections from the Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Search the Special Collections Webpages
Multilingual Dictionary of Art Conservation (under development)
for other bibliographies, see also: Class Materials