Selections From Our Digitized Collections

Honoré Daumier Lithograph from the series "Pastorales" depicting a couple and young child on a walk encountering a turtle on their path.

The Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman Collection of Honoré Daumier Lithographs at Brandeis University comprises nearly the entire oeuvre of Daumier in the lithographic medium. 

William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies

This digitized version of the First Folio is part of Brandeis' large collection of rare Shakespeare texts, which also includes a second and a fourth folio.

Civil War letter with flag

Civil War Letters of Wellesley College and Brandeis University is an openly available, online, academic resource which presents 449 digitized Civil War letters as well as lesson plans, timelines, map, and voice recordings. Brandeis' letters, part of the Michael Lally Letters and Other Material collection, can also be found on the Brandeis Institutional Repository.

This project was funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War.

Book of Hours

These images are taken from a 15th-century Flemish book of hours, one of more than 30 works in the Pre-1850 Western Manuscripts collection.

Ella Fitzgerald

Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was a writer, arts critic and photographer known especially for his portraits. There are 1689 black and white photographs in the Brandeis collection. Van Vechten took many photographs of notable African Americans in the first half of the 20th-century, documenting an important part of American history neglected by others.

Spanish Civil War poster

The collection includes more than 250 anti-Fascist posters, sent or brought home by American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

Spanish Civil War Posters Special Collections ESSAY
Joan of Arc poster

The Brandeis University World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters collection includes nearly a hundred different images promoting the two war efforts. A number of the posters were created by artists whose work was already widely known through books, magazines and advertising.

World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters collection Finding Aid
Tumen amulet

The Tumen collection consists of Jewish ceremonial objects, including kiddush cups, spice boxes, candlesticks, menorahs, Torah bindings, breastplates and more. The collection principally showcases 19th- and 20th-century artifacts.

Bernice and Henry Tumen Collection Finding Aid
Chinese snuff bottle

This collection of 47 Chinese snuff bottles was a gift to Brandeis University from Jack J. Katz and Therese G. Katz in 1964. The bottles range in date from the 18th- to 19th-centuries and illustrate the wide range of materials used in Chinese snuff bottles.

Chinese Snuff Bottles Collection Finding Aid
Native American watercolor painting

The collection contains 38 Native American watercolor paintings completed during the 20th-century, including paintings by Julian Martinez, Trinidad Archuleta, Romando Vigil and several other well-known artists.

Native American Watercolors Finding Aid
Dreyfus

This collection consists primarily of materials related to the Dreyfus Affair. There is also a small but notable group of documents that focus on Jewish life and intellectualism in France from the late 1700s to the mid-20th century.

Léon Lipschutz Collection finding aid

The digitization of this collection was made possible through the generosity of Betty J. Gluck and in honor of Abraham Bleich.

Internet Archive logo

Brandeis has contributed more than 1600 publications to the Internet Archive, a freely available online library of digitized works. Brandeis contributions include rare books, institutional publications and more, from the 1500s to the present.

Victor Young Collection -- clippings

Victor Young (1900-1956) wrote and directed music for many Hollywood motion pictures in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, including “Gulliver's Travels,” “Shane,” “Golden Earrings,” “The Quiet Man” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Brandeis has digitized many of the conductor's scores in the collection. 

Victor Young collection Finding Aid
Howe bookplate

A selection of Brandeis' collection of historical books by experts in the fields of science, medicine and disabilities from the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center’s Samuel Gridley Howe Library in Waltham is available on the Internet Archive. This is one of several collections of materials on the Fernald School and disability rights at Brandeis.

Middlesex Castle

Middlesex University was a medical school which came to be located on the campus of what would become Brandeis University, to which Middlesex College transferred its charter. This collection has research relevance in many subject areas such as the history of medicine, medical school quotas, ethnicity and race in medical education, women and medical education, and Jewish genealogy.

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This database indexes and abstracts Brandeis University dissertations from 1996 to the present, with 24-page previews and downloadable full text.

This collection contains Brandeis University master's theses (2008- ), with downloadable full text. (Electronic thesis submission was voluntary beginning in the spring of 2008, and was required as of fall 2008 matriculation into graduate programs requiring master's theses.)

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