About Our Collections

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

Special Collections and Museums have particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; geology; 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 literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and 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 selected items from the Museums collections, American Civil War letters, oral history collections, and the Delaware postcard collection.