The primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard University, the Houghton Library houses collections that focus on the study of Western civilization. Materials relating to American, Continental, and English history and literature comprise the bulk of these collections and include special concentrations in printing, graphic arts, and the theatre. Contained within the library are the papers of Samuel Johnson, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Margaret Fuller, John Keats, Gore Vidal, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Theodore Roosevelt, T.S. Eliot, E.E.
The Lilly Library hosts exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings and receptions as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations. Its holdings include about 400,000 books and more than 7.5 million manuscripts, such as the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare folios, and the papers of writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Galway Kinnell, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Upton Sinclair, William Carlos Williams, and Edith Wharton.
The special collections library of Brown University, the John Hay Library contains more than 3,000,000 items. Holdings range from Babylonian clay tablets and Egyptian papyri to current-day books, manuscripts, and ephemera. Among the more unexpected items are portraits and paintings by old masters, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s tea set, Napoleon’s death mask, 6,000 toy soldiers, the last daguerrotype taken of Poe, and Whitman’s personal copy of Leaves of Grass. Other notable holdings include the papers and archival materials of Henry David Thoreau, George Orwell, William Blake, and H.G.
The primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library houses more than 600,000 volumes, 60,000,000 manuscript items, 8,000,000 photographs/pictorial materials, 43,000 microforms, and 23,000 maps. Notable holdings include the papers and archival materials on Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Located at Stanford University, the Special Collections and University Archives house over 48,000 linear feet of original materials, an additional 45,000 individual items and handwritten volumes as well as over 200,000 rare books. The collections contain a wide range of formats ranging from 700,000 photographs and slides, 12,000 prints, 22,000 audio tapes, 9,200 videos and more than 24,000 items of legacy computer media. Stanford University owns archival material, manuscripts, and papers of D.H. Lawrence, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, Robert Pinsky, and Fanny Howe.
Created by former Texas Tech University Regent James Sowell, this collection contains the personal papers of some of the country’s most prominent writers on the natural world. Writing with a profound respect for the grandeur and fierceness of the land, these writers are deeply engaged with questions of land use and the nature of community; the conjunction of scientific and spiritual values; and the fragility of wilderness.
The University of Tulsa's McFarlin Library currently houses more than 140,000 rare books and over 9,000 linear feet of literary and historical manuscripts, photographic collections, artwork, and artifacts.
The principal repository of rare books and manuscripts at Princeton University, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections comprises holdings that span five millennia and five continents, and include around 200,000 rare or significant printed works; 30,000 linear feet of textual materials, ranging from cuneiform tablets to contemporary manuscripts; a wealth of prints, drawings, photographs, maps, coins, and other visual materials; the Cotsen Children's Library; and the Princeton University Archives. Holdings include the papers of J.D. Salinger, F.
Established in 1936, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has grown to over 300,000 books and over 7,130 linear feet of manuscripts. Particular strengths lie in early printing and the Elizabethan and Stuart periods in England, with works by Shakespeare, various important editions of the Bible, and renaissance school books standing out as distinctive and deep collections. The Library is also renowned for its collections of incunabula and emblem books, the collections in the history of Mark Twain and his age, as well as the papers of such notable figures as William Maxwell, W.S.
The Harry Ransom Center houses extensive collections of rare books and manuscripts, including the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare folios, and the papers of writers such as Lewis Carroll, J. M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo, James Joyce, Jack Kerouac, D.H. Lawrence, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Carson McCullers, Anne Sexton, and David Foster Wallace. The center also supports research through symposia and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public through exhibitions and programs.