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Special Collections


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 inte rests 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.





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What's New

Recent Acquisitions and Donations

Current exhibit


Selections from the Women Poets of the Romantic Period Collection



Last Exhibit

Heading East, Writing West

Four Centuries of Traders, Travelers, and Artists in East Asia:
East Asian Highlights in Special Collections at the University Libraries


Past Exhibits



Appraisal Information and Resources


Internet Resources

Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA)

Your Old Books

Rare Books Websites

Photography and Photojournalism Links

An Internet Library of Early Journals

Multilingual Dictionary of Art Conservation (under development)

Starry Messenger: Observing the Heavens in the Age of Galileo

The Evolution of the Medieval Book

The Morgan Picture Bible

British Library Online Gallery

The Goodspeed Manuscript Collection

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative

Fine Rolls of Henry III

ArchBook: articles about specific design features in the history of the book

African-American Materials
Art and Architecture, 1450-1756
Artists' Books

Bibles and Books of the Bible

British Studies Collections

European Facsimiles

Fairy Tales

French Resources

French Revolution Pamphlet Collection

German Children's Books
German Language and Literature

History of Science

Italian Renaissance Books and Manuscripts
Maps, Atlases, Travel Guides, and Selected Geographical Works
Martin Luther and the Reformation

Mesoamerican Codex Facsimiles

Religious Studies

Slavic Language and Literature Materials

Spanish Civil War Materials

Spanish Works from the Fifteenth to Twentieth Centuries

Third Reich Materials


for other bibliographies, see also: Class Materials

Many of the important works in the collection are gifts, or their acquisition was made possible by donation. The Faculty Director of Special Collections would be pleased to consult with anyone interested in making a contribution. Call Special Collections at 303-492-6144.