University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Special Collections
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Department of Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is located at the Memorial Library in room 976.

Memorial Union Lounge (
Memorial Union Lounge – not in Library… can’t find a photo of library. (

The collections were found in 1946 with the Thordarson collection of rare science and illustrated natural history books. It now features one of the nation’s leading collections for the history of science. The collection strengths include the Duveen and Cole collections of alchemy and chemistry, Schadewald Collection on Pseduo-Science, Science and Religion Collection, and Albert Collect on optics and ophthalmology. Other strengths include the Little Magazines Collection, the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers Before 1920, and numerous author collections.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00pm

Phone: 1-608-262-3243

Web Address:

Physical Address: 728 State St., Madison, WI


Iowa State University

Special Collections and University Archives
Iowa State University

The Special Collections and University Archives are located in Room 403 of the Parks Library.

facade of Parks Library
Parks Library (photo: Colin M.L. Burnett)

The department currently possesses 50,000 volumes, focusing on agriculture, technology, and science. Collections of interest include the Robert Harvey Rare Book Collection, whose namesake was Professor Emeritus of the Landscape Architecture Department, the Fine Bird Books Bibliography collection, and the Margaret Young Science Fiction collection.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 10:00-4:00pm, or by appointment

Phone: 1-515-294-6672

Web Address:

Physical Address: 403 Parks Library, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Indiana University (Law)

Rare Book Repository Map

Maurer School of Law – Indiana University

Also located on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University is the Maurer School of Law rare books collection.

Inside view of stacks at Maurer School of Law Library
Maurer School of Law Library (photo:

The Law Library’s rare book collection holds around 1,000 titles and includes a particularly strong collection of early American territorial and state laws. The collection consists of American works printed before 1877, and early English and Continental European works printed before 1850. Prior contact is preferred. The law collection at the Maurer School of Law supplements the Lilly Library’s collection.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Wednesday 7:30am-1:00am, Thursday-Friday 7:30am-midnight, Saturday 8:00am-10:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-midnight

Phone: 1-812-855-6404

Web address:

Physical address: 211 South Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN

University of Cincinnati

Blegen Library Archives and Rare Books – 
University of Cincinnati

The Archives and Rare Books library at the University of Cincinnati is located on the 8th floor of the Blegen Library.

Entrance of Blegen Library
Blegen Library (photo: Imandir on

The collection represents the range of the written word from early manuscripts and incunabula to modern first editions and fine press books. While containing rare books of many genres, the areas of strength are North American Indians, early travel and exploration, 18th Century British literature, and the history of the book.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00pm, Saturday-Sunday closed

Phone: 1-513-556-1959

Web address:

Physical address: 2602 McMicken Circle, Cincinnati, OH

University of Missouri

Special Collections and Rare Books

The Special Collections at the University of Missouri are located on the fourth floor west of Ellis Library, the main library for the Columbia campus.

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Ellis Library (expression-the-soulsrecognition.tumblr)

The collection materials total over 90,000 items ranging from books, periodicals, comics, graphic novels, manuscripts, maps, posters, ephemera, artifacts.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Phone: 1-573-882-0076

Web Address:

Physical Address: 401 Ellis LIbrary, Columbia, MO

University of Kansas

Kenneth Spencer Research Library

The Special Collections on the University of Kansas are located in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Enclosed North Gallery
Enclosed North Gallery of Kenneth Spencer Lib (photo credit)

The collections hold about 250,000 volumes and 500,000 manuscripts. Highlights include medieval manuscripts, architecture, economic history, eighteenth-century collections of England and France, history of American education, history of science, Irish collections, Latin America, nineteenth and twentieth-Century literature, science fiction, and voyages/atlases/maps.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00pm, Saturday 9:00-1:00pm, Sunday closed

Phone: 1-785-864-4334

Web Address:

Physical Address: 1450 Poplar Lane, Lawrence, KS

University of Minnesota

Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center

The University of Minnesota Law School’s Stefan A. Risenfeld Rare Books Research Center focuses on collections of rare legal books and is housed in the Risenfeld Center.

Mondale Hall front entrance
Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota (photo:

The books from the Arthur C. Pulling Rare Books Collection, more than 25,000 volumes of texts printed from the fifteenth through twentieth centuries.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 7:00am-8:00pm, Friday 7:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm, Sunday noon-6:00pm

Phone: 612-625-7323 (Ryan Greenwood, curator)

Web Address:

Physical Address: Walter F. Mondale HAll, 229-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

Kansas State University

The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department

The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections is on the 5th floor of the Hale Library on the Kansas State University campus.

Front of Library
Hale Library on the campus of Kansas State University (photo:

The department holds nearly 90,000 monographs, serials, pamphlets, maps, and broadsides dating from 1486 to present.

The collections include the Cookery Collection, which contains thousands of cookbooks that date back to 1487; the Clementine Paddleford collection, an internationally-known food writer and critic during the 1920s-1960s; the collections of the Delta Chapter (1917-1935) of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; documents from Lt. Marjorie Hornstead, U.S. Army Nurse during World War II; Minnie Howell, the first black woman to graduate from Kansas State Agricultural College, documents; and the Saint John’s Bible.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Phone: 1-785-532-7456

Web Address:

Physical Address: 506 Hale Library, Manahattan, KS

University of Illinois

Rare Book & Manuscript Library – Univ. of Illinois

Front of Main Library at U of I
Main Library at the University of Illinois (photo credit: Dori on

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was established in 1936 by two professors, Harris Fletcher and Thomas Baldwin. The collection has close to half a million volumes and over three kilometers of manuscripts material. Major collections include early printing, Elizabethan and Stuart periods, various editions of the Bible, renaissance school books, Anthony Trollope, Carl Sandburg, and H.G. Wells.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00pm.

Phone: 1-217-333-3777

Web address:

Physical address: 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL

University of Michigan

Special Collections Library – Harlan Hatcher –
University of Michigan

The Special Collections Library is located in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library on the University of Michigan’s Campus.

Entrance to Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library (photo: David Fulmer on Flickr)

The collections hold some 275,000 published volumes, approximately 6,500 linear feet of archival material, about 450 incunables, and more than 1,400 early manuscripts on vellum and paper.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00pm, Saturday-Sunday closed

Phone: 1-734-764-9377

Web address:

Physical address: 913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI