Special Collections at CU-Boulder houses rare books, artwork, and primary source materials for undergraduate and graduate research. The general rare book collection is strongest in Western literature while the special subject collections allow us to welcome classes and researchers involved in both the humanities and the sciences.
Patrons are welcomed to the reading room Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Email email@example.com or call 303-492-6144 to schedule an appointment. Materials may need to be paged from our off-site storage facility through an advance request in Chinook.
Gifts & Donations
Many of the important works in the collection are gifts, or their acquisition was made possible by donation. Deborah Hollis, the Associate Faculty Director, would be pleased to consult with anyone interested in making a contribution. Call Special Collections at 303-492-6144.
Japan and Disaster: 1670-1995
Five years ago a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan off the coast of the Tōhoku region. The quake and the subsequent tsunami led to the death of 15,000 people. 2,500 are still missing. Special Collections and Archives at CU-Boulder features three centuries of works that highlight the resilience of Japan in the face of tragedy and disaster.
With an active instruction program we are dedicated to enhancing the student experience by collaborating with instructors from the university and community to incorporate rare materials into their courses. These sessions are designed to provide context and increase engagement with the course through the opportunity to read and study primary and historical materials. Students are encouraged to return to the reading room to use our materials in their coursework.
Instruction for late afternoon or evening classes is possible; requests must be submitted at least three weeks in advance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss instruction needs.
Multilingual Dictionary of Art Conservation (under development)
Please note that many materials housed in Special Collections do not have online records in Chinook, the Libraries' online catalog.Access to materials not found in Chinook is provided here on the Department webpages and in the card catalog and finding guides kept in the Department's reading room.
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for other bibliographies, see also: Class Materials