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RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS

RBM's collections encompass a wide range of literary and historical materials that document the history of printing, literary genres, illustration, and art and architecture. Formats include books, photographs, maps, prints, drawings, and posters. Collections of authors' papers reveal much about the writing process.

If you have not used a special collections library before, please note that we are open for fewer hours than some parts of the library, and that you must use our materials in our reading room. Some materials are stored offsite, and some materials are restricted. For more information, please visit our brief online tutorial and tour.

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Major Collecting Areas

Literary History

    Including:

  • American literature
  • European literature
  • Utopian literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Emblem Books
  • Medieval Manuscripts
  • Manuscript Facsimiles

Women Authors

Including:

  • Author-publisher correspondence and writers
  • Women poets
  • Women writers as activists, feminists, and innovators
  • Travel writers
  • Women authors of children's books

History of the Arts

    Including:

  • Art & architecture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Art education
  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Theatre

History of Pennsylvania

    Including:

  • County histories and atlases
  • Regimental histories
  • Pennsylvania German (Amish)