About Special Collections and Museums

In 2015, oversight for the University Museums was transferred to the University of Delaware Library; the following year, Museums merged with Special Collections to create a new division, Special Collections and Museums.   The combined collections are broadly based. Within Special Collections these encompass books, manuscripts, broadsides periodicals, pamphlets, maps and ephemera from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century, and, within Museums, a renowned mineralogical collection and an art collection with strengths in 20th-century American art (especially prints, photographs and work by African American artists), European prints, Inuit art, and Pre-Columbian art.

Together, Special Collections and Museums respond to the growing interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research, and also support research of primary sources, rare books and other publications, and artwork.   Our exhibitions and galleries are free of charge to students, faculty and the general public. Exhibitions and related programming focus on specific aspects of the collection, or draw on the collections to explore issues that might be historical, political, literary, or artistic. Tours are arranged upon request.  Working with individual faculty, members of the staff use the collections to design classes or small exhibitions tailored to specific teaching needs.  We encourage members of the University community to schedule an appointment to discuss how the collections might enhance your experience as your research and teaching.

Students, faculty, members of the UD community, and the general public are invited to attend our exhibitions and programs. For hours, locations, and other details, please see the visiting section of this site.