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Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Rare Book & Manuscript Library

1408 West Gregory Drive

Urbana, Illinois 61801

(217) 333-3777


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Type: Museums

Illinois Tourism District: Central

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The Rare Book & Manuscript Library welcomes scholars from around the world in their use or inquiries about the collection of rare books at the University of Illinois. The collection represents the entire range of printed material in the West, and extends from more than 1,000 incunables (books printed before 1501), to twentieth-century fine press titles. Over the decades a number of strengths in the collection have emerged due to the efforts of local scholars and librarians in several fields of study. In the past, the Shakespeare and Milton collections were founded as the result of the labors of Professors T. W. Baldwin and Harris F. Fletcher, respectively. More recently, the investigations of Henri Stegemeier in emblem books and A. V. Carozzi in the history of geology have fostered the collections and resulted in separate, published catalogs of the holdings.


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