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.
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.
Special Collections and University Archives Iowa State University
The Special Collections and University Archives are located in Room 403 of the Parks Library.
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
Also located on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University is the Maurer School of Law rare books collection.
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.
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.
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
The Special Collections on the University of Kansas are located in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
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
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.
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.
Rare Book & Manuscript Library – Univ. of Illinois
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.