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, the history of science and technology, and other areas of focus. 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.
Manuscript and Archival Collections Finding collections can be found by browsing an alphabetical list of finding aids (which are documents that give an overview of the focus and contents of collections). Finding aids can also be searched via the Special Collections search box, using keywords (specific terms for searching).
Research Guides provide access to Special Collections resources organized by subject. They point to collections, ephemera, research strategies, and more. This research guide will introduce you to Special Collections
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.