Special Collections


Special Collections holdings include books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the fifteenth century to the present.

Special Collections complement the Library’s general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; history of science and technology; and politics and policy. The University of Delaware Archives is separately administered and comprises the university records and history of the institution. To learn more about each of the collecting areas, visit the Collecting Areas page.

The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection focuses on British art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s.

Research guides are a great place to start exploring the print and manuscript holdings in Special Collections. They provide descriptions of collections related to particular topics. Additional information on individual collections listed in research guides may also be found in the Finding Aids database.

Digital collections include American Civil War letters, oral history collections, and the Delaware postcard collection.

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