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Special Collections libraries collect, preserve, archive, and provide guarded access to rare, valuable, and unique materials. These materials can range widely and can include first or unusual editions of monographs; manuscripts; incunabulae (books printed in the 15th century); photographs; maps; realia (objects rather than printed or photographic material); materials focusing on a particular subject or historical era; or archival documents for an institution, organization, or individual. This category is for the web sites of Special Collections libraries.

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Eli Siegel Collection

Eli Siegel CollectionCollection includes books on literature, philosophy, history, art, economics, and science, many of which contain handwritten annotations by Mr. Siegel (1902-1978). The Collection is open by appointment to persons seriously studying Aesthetic Realism.

6
22,443,904
NA
218
5
NA

National First Ladies Library

National First Ladies LibraryLocated in the home of Ida McKinley in Canton, Ohio, this library includes biographies, photos, oral histories, and other materials about U.S. First Ladies.

6
1,171,669
NA
4,360,000
8,610
128

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca AlexandrinaIncludes materials in a variety of languages plus a special collection of United Nations resources.

NA
61,600
NA
126,000
27,800
217

Kent State University Special Collections

Kent State University Special CollectionsContains works of literature, performing arts, and histories of crime, labor, and printing dating back to the 1800's.

4
19,469
NA
27,100
3,290
7

National Air Photo Library

National Air Photo Library[English, French] Collection containing millions of aerial photographs of Canada from the 1920s to present.

5
551
NA
4,530
612
1

L. Tom Perry Special Collections

L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsCollection specializes in the Renaissance and Reformation time periods.

6
7,095
NA
68,800
2
3

Josep Bosch Historical Newspapers Collection

Josep Bosch Historical Newspapers CollectionA project to recover, restore, preserve and exhibit historical newspapers from all over the world. The emphasis is to collect newspapers published in the city or country where the event took place.

4
22,348,652
NA
241
52
NA

The Great White Fleet

The Great White FleetPresents the history and a collection of rare items related to the 1908 fleet of battleships called the Great White Fleet.

5
3,671,571
NA
33,000
1,080
3

Canberra Bushfires

Canberra BushfiresPhoto galleries and information documenting the Canberra Bushfires of 2003.

NA
NA
NA
199
94
NA

An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger Archive

An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger ArchiveCollection of books and art about the Irish famine, including digitized handwritten pages from the Board of Guardians meetings in Killarney.

6
15,570,152
NA
528
260
NA

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