Special Collections and Archives
Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library Special Collections
Rare, fragile, and limited editions of materials related to art and architecture, including early sketchbooks, photographs, blueprints, and artists’ books.
Children's Literature Special Collection
Classic, pop-up and movable books, works by Midwestern authors and publishers, and archival material.
Early Printed Books
Imprints, incunables, and early printed books created by significant presses, printers, and type designers.
Edison Sheet Music Collection
A comprehensive collection of published sheet music that was available in America before 1920.
European History Special Collections
Pamphlets, bibles, and early printed books covering early modern European politics, religion, and military advances.
History of Astronomy and Mathematics
Treaties, star atlases, manuscripts, and other materials documenting scientific developments in astronomy and related disciplines.
History of Medicine
Materials documenting the history of medicine from antiquity through the 20th century.
Rich range of texts demonstrating manuscript production across historical periods and Islamicate cultural areas.
Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive
Materials on the American culinary experience including cookbooks, ephemera, and restaurant menus.
Jewish Heritage Collection
Artwork, books, and objects that reflect everyday and religious aspects of Jewish life.
Joseph A. Labadie Collection
Books, pamphlets, ephemera, and more chronicling anarchism, political and social movements, and related topics.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Manuscript leaves, fragments, and codices from the 6th to the 16th centuries.
Montgomery Sheet Music Collection
Materials documenting popular music in the early 20th century, including significant representation by Black composers.
A renowned collection of ancient texts dating from about 1,000 BCE to 1,000 CE.
Philippine American History Special Collection
Manuscripts, photographs, and more documenting colonialist aspects of Philippine history in the early 1900s.
Scores, Papers, and Recordings
Varied music special collections from composers, musicians, arrangers, conductors, and more.
Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers
Papers and other materials from notable independent filmmakers and distributors documenting the film production process.
A unique body of work covering transportation technology and travel.
Collecting and preserving material from the web.
Women Composers Collection
Musical works and scores from more than 700 composers from the 18th through 20th centuries.