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Long years have passed, my memory is feeble through much suffering… I cannot now bring the details to mind… Yet echoes… Ligeia: A Libretto Robert Creeley (1926-2005) New York City: G...

“The valleys filled with silicon and I was forced to learn a new language. Now I speak in bits and bytes. Strings of zeros and ones. I navigate a new topography.” — Kelly Wellman ...

We have laid low to earth a mighty chief: We have laboured harder than on greater deeds, And maybe won remembrance by the deeds Of Gunnar when no deed of ours should live; For this defence of his shal...

“A harsh algorithmic line levels its gaze, makes one blunt admission after another while the time in which the statement is made expands and contracts with efficient respiration, an echo following i...

Rare Books Team


Luise Poulton

Head, Rare Books Managing Curator

Scott Beadles

Rare Books Assistant

Lyuba Basin

Rare Books Assistant

Jonathan Sandberg

Rare Books Assistant

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Search for material in the rare book collections in Usearch. Access the rare book collections by visiting the Special Collections Reference and Reading Rooms, level 4.

The Rare Books Division of Special Collections holds more than 80,000 books, maps and ephemera documenting the record of human communication from clay tablet to artists’ book. Collection strengths include illuminated manuscript facsimiles; Mesoamerican codex facsimiles; Arabic papyrus, parchment and paper fragments; Middle Eastern manuscript and print material; published works on science, travel and exploration; the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; fine press and artists’ books; and the works of twentieth century authors such as Robinson Jeffers, Ernest Hemingway, Wallace Stegner and others.  Smaller but equally important collections include material on European politics, law, literature, philosophy, medicine, and performance arts; United States constitutional history and much more. The rare book collections preserve a heritage of thought, artistic endeavor, and innovation that inspires the human spirit today. By actively collecting, preserving, and digitizing material of historical and aesthetic importance, the Rare Books Division provides reference, research and educational access to local, regional and international communities – strengthening the ability of faculty to teach, students to learn, and communities to find common denominators.

– Novum Organum, 1620