Rare Book Collection

Collection Guide

Summary

Abstract
Approximately 3,000 volumes and items ranging in date from the 12th century to the 21st century that reflect the history of the book. The collection features four bound medieval manuscripts, more than 30 medieval leaves, six incunables (books printed during the first 50 years of the printing press up to 1500), and an assortment of books printed during the hand press era (1455 to approximately 1800). The collection also contains 19th and early 20th-century books featuring elaborately decorated publishers book bindings.
Date Range
1101 - Present
Extent
Approximately 3,000 books
Language(s)
Coptic, Dutch, English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish

Access and Use

Digital Access

No digital access is currently available for materials in this collection.

Physical Access

The collection is open for research. Physical materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.

Rights

Items in The University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections may be made available to visiting researchers to support research, scholarship, education, and private study under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). The University of Scranton respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials. It is your responsibility to determine the ownership and status of copyright in any materials you may wish to use beyond fair use, and obtain the permission of the copyright owner, if needed. Individuals or organizations holding additional information about the copyright status of items in this collection are invited to contact the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections staff at archives@scranton.edu.

Preferred Citation

[Author]. [Book Title]. [City]: [Publisher], [Year]. Rare Book Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton.


Contents

Scope and Content Note

Approximately 3,000 volumes and items ranging in date from the late 15th century to the 21st century that reflect the history of the book. The collection features four bound medieval manuscripts, more than 30 medieval leaves, six incunables (books printed during the first 50 years of the printing press up to 1500), and an assortment of books printed during the hand press era (1455 to approximately 1800). The collection also contains 19th and early 20th-century books featuring elaborately decorated publishers book bindings. The rare book collection can be valuable for research into the history of the book, social history, literary history, religious history, and art history.

Subsets of the Rare Book Collection include:


Acquisition Information

Acquisitions for this collection are continually added through gifts and purchases.


Processing Notes

Books in this collection are continually processed and cataloged as new acquisitions are donated and purchased.