About the Collections

Florida Atlantic University Libraries Special Collections offers a diverse learning and enriching experience that inspires creativity, supports research and promotes teaching. From preservation to engaging researchers with expanded access to rare and unique items Special Collections serves as a proactive collaboratory through programs that reinvent the library for the 21st century.

The Special Collections Department serves as the holder of primary research materials including rare books, literature, printed materials, manuscript collections, photographs and maps that contribute to the interdisciplinary investigations of students, researchers, and scholars.  The rare book collection includes more than 10,000 books from 1530 to present, including codices, manuscripts, illustrated books and small press editions. 

The Marvin & Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection offers a wide variety of primary source materials with more than 13,000 items. At the core of the collection are first and later editions of books, manuscripts and pamphlets that were printed before 1865. In all, the collection contains publications spanning six centuries and relate to the ideas of democracy, political reform and the creation of America. 

The Print Music Collections contain more than 30,000 musical scores organized in the following major areas: American Popular, Yiddish, Jewish and Cantorial. These materials date from the 19th through 21st centuries and include rare and unique manuscripts, published scores and sheet music. 

The Manuscripts & Letters Collections contain diaries, manuscripts and personal papers. Highlights include Civil War letters from the Clarke Family Papers and Cross Collection; WWII documents, letters, and photographs from Harold L. Glasser Collection and Korf Papers; research notes and lectures by Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky; and screenplays and books from Florida author Theodore Pratt.

University Archives

University Archives, a unit within FAU Libraries' Special Collections, preserves the papers and records of individuals and organizations associated with the University and items documenting the history and growth of Florida Atlantic University. Materials collected include student newspapers, minutes of the Faculty Senate meetings, faculty papers, student publications, correspondence, university artifacts, memorabilia, Boca Raton Army Base Plans and 15,000 photographs of students, faculty, and campus activities. University Archives also houses faculty papers that support the teaching and research mission of Florida Atlantic University. Faculty papers include teaching materials, lecture notes, research files (notes, journals and photographs), conference papers, writing drafts and published works. University Archives maintains processed and unprocessed collections from retired FAU faculty, including Dr. Harry A. Kersey, Jr., Dr. John Early, Dr. John O'Sullivan, and Dr. Norman Nathan.

For the finding aid directory for University Archives please click here.

Finding Aids & Library Catalog

Patrons can access cataloged and processed materials by searching our catalog or looking through our finding aids collection directory. For a comprehensive list of finding aids, please visit the finding aids repository for all Special Collections holdings.

All collections are publicly available for research and use. For information on research requests, instruction requests, or general help, please contact us at or 561/297-2843

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Last modified at 12/12/2018 - 11:44 AM