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Beinecke Library, Yale University

The complete text of the "The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library: A Guide to the Collections" published in print in 1994. Separate chapters describe in detail the General Collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts, the Collection of American Literature, the Collection of Western Americana, the Collection of German Literature, and the Osborn Collection.

Bodleian Library: Images of Manuscripts

Digitized images of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, arranged by century and country of origin.

Brown University: John Hay Library

The John Hay Library houses most of the University's rare books, manuscripts, special collections and archives. Among the notable materials are the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, the McLellan Lincoln Collection, the Annmary Brown Memorial Collection of fifteenth century books, the Broadsides Collection of primarily single sheet documents, and the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection. The John Hay is open to all members of the Brown community and to the general public.

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Jefferson's Legacy

A Brief History of the Library of Congress and a chronology of the collections with a selected bibliography on the library.

Marylandia and Rare Books Department, University of Maryland

The Marylandia & Rare Books Department is part of the UMCP Libraries System. This department holds the Maryland Collection, the Rare Books Collection, and Special Collections. These collections cover a wide variety of subject areas, and include the Katherine Anne Porter Library, the Djuna Barnes Library, and the Baltimore News American Photograph Collection.

The Rosenbach Museum and Library

The Rosenbach is a museum of rare books, manuscripts, fine art and decorative arts collected by Philip and A.S.W. Rosenbach. Housed in the brothers' historic Philadelphia townhouse, the collections are accessible to the public through exhibitions, educational programs, and research services. The core of the collection was assembled by Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, the greatest dealer of rare books and manuscripts of modern times. Visitors, researchers, and tour groups are welcome.

University of Delaware Special Collections Department

Holdings of the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library include books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. The collections complement the Library's general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; and history of science and technology.