Like RBML as a whole, the rare book collections cover a wide range of subjects that range from 21st century artists books to cuneiform tablets. Some of our strengths include British and American literature and history, American literary annuals (“gift books”), the classics, Edwardian and Georgian poetry, the Beat Movement, the literature of European political movements, history of mathematics and astronomy, polar exploration, the history and science of photography, the history of printing and typography, type specimens, fine press and artists books.
The Rare Book division cares for not only printed books, but ancient writing surfaces, other codex manuscripts, art, and ephemera. Please note that Medieval and Renaissance Books and Papyri and Ostraca are cared for by their own dedicated curators.
The following links provide more detail about finding materials within the various Rare Book collections: