The Special Collections Department houses close to 90,000 volumes and several hundred linear feet of manuscripts ranging in age from 2,000 BCE to the present. The general rare book collection is strongest in English and American literature while the special subject collections reflect the interests and research needs of the Boulder community and the state. The manuscript collections focus primarily on Colorado authors.
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.
Gifts & Donations
Many of the important works in the collection are gifts, or their acquisition was made possible by donation. The Faculty Director of Special Collections would be pleased to consult with anyone interested in making a contribution. Call Special Collections at 303-492-6144.
On display June 7, 2013 – August 26, 2013, in the Special Collections Reading Room,
Thursdays and Fridays, 1 - 5 pm and by appointment.
Free and open to the public. For more information call 303-492-6144.
Curated by students in HUMN 4093
Search the Special Collections Webpages
Multilingual Dictionary of Art Conservation (under development)
for other bibliographies, see also: Class Materials