Notable Collections

Illustration of a mouse in a suit coat, holding a top hat and a walking cane, with a cityscape in the background

Illustration by Tom Pohrt from The Wishing Bone and Other Poems (2003) by Stephen Mitchell

A collection of primarily American and British children’s literature and related archival materials from the late 18th century to the present
Photo of the Galileo manuscript

This single-leaf manuscript by Galileo is one of the great treasures of the U-M Library. It reflects a pivotal moment that helped to change our understanding of the universe.

A collection of materials on astronomy dating from the second century through the 'golden age' of celestial cartography
Photo of Vesalius sketch of human form.

A page from the first edition of Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, published in 1543 — one of the collection's notable works.

A collection of medical works and artifacts from late antiquity through the 20th century  
Scan of Pet Milk Cookbook showing mother and daughters baking.

This promotional cookbook for Pet Evaporated Milk from 1924 includes dinner menu suggestions and recipes for fish chowder, French toast, and heart's joy pudding.

A collection of American culinary history: cookbooks and other materials from the 16th through the 21st century
Poster from the Labadie Collection
A collection documenting the history of social protest movements and marginalized political communities from the 19th century to the present
Detail from an ancient papyrus.
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