Special Collections

Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

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 comprises more than 9,500 books, letters, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, 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.

Please note that only a small portion of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is listed in DELCAT.

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

The 2017 Mark Samuels Lasner Collection
Symposium & Exhibition

“Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection”
February 14 – June 3, 2017

“Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection:
Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art”
March 17 – 18, 2017

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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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