Special Collections

Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

The 2017 Mark Samuels Lasner
Symposium & Exhibition

Exhibition: February 14 – June 3, 2017
Symposium: March 17 – 18, 2017

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The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and writers and illustrators of the 1890s. It boasts more than 9,000 books, letters, manuscripts, and artworks, including many items signed by such figures as Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Max Beerbohm, William Morris, Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Aubrey Beardsley. It provides a tremendous opportunity for students and scholars to enrich their academic pursuits through the historical, cultural and material value of the documents. (Please note that materials in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection are not listed in DELCAT.)

In 2016, Mark Samuels Lasner generously gifted his collection, worth more than $10 million, to the University of Delaware. It is the largest and most valuable donation in the Library’s history.


Access is by appointment only.


For further information contact:
Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow
University of Delaware Library
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Samantha Nystrom
Graduate Assistant for The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection
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Selections from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

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