What is Special Collections?
Special Collections is a department within the University of Delaware Library that collects, preserves and makes accessible rare and unique materials in art and literature, history and Delawareana, and the history of science and technology. The print collection consists of rare books, unique copies or editions, fine press books, periodicals, catalogs and artists' books. The Manuscript and Archival Collection contains primary source materials, which comprise the papers and records of individuals, families, businesses or organizations. The Manuscript and Archival Collection includes materials such as correspondence, diaries, maps, prints, photographs, ephemera, and realia.
To search for materials in the print collection please use the Library's online catalog.
The Manuscript and Archival Collections can be found by browsing an alphabetical list of finding aids or by searching finding aids from the Special Collections search box above.
Research Guides provide access to Special Collections resources organized by subject. They point to collections, ephemera, research strategies, and more.
Please note that not all manuscript materials (or print for that matter) are processed or have online descriptions, so if you experience any difficulty during your search or have any questions please contact a Special Collections librarian to assist you with your research.
Special Collections materials do not circulate and must be used in the Special Collections reading rooms.