Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Artifacts

The Collection

The Rare Books, Manuscripts & Artifacts collection contains materials demonstrating various methods people have used to record transactions, thoughts, and knowledge in many language forms: cuneiform writing in clay tablets; Greek on papyrus; sacred texts in Sanskrit on palm leaves, in Hebrew on a leather scroll, in Latin and Amharic in illuminated manuscripts on parchment; early printed books.

Notable collections of print material include:

  • Leland Schubert's collection of 1920s imprint first editions
  • The Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Collection (books from their own library, their art collection, and furniture)
  • The Kate Greenaway Collection
  • Early 20th century Sheet Music
  • The Jaccaud Collection of Presidential Campaign Literature: Books, pamphlets, signs from 1834 to the present day
  • A rare and contemporary Spanish Civil War Collection
  • Bayley/Walt Whitman Collection (first editions, photographs, correspondence)

The collection also houses artifacts such as pre-Columbian pottery from Bolivia, Anasazi and Lower Mississippi culture pottery, Asian and African artifacts, oriental carpets, chinaware, and paintings. There is also a collection of 19th century American photographs of the southwest.

In addition to the hours posted, the Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Artifacts collection is open by appointment. Please contact rare books librarian Bernard Derr at blderr@owu.edu or 740-368-3288 to arrange a visit.


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