Special Collections Spotlight

A closer look at items from the treasure trove of the Special Collections at Brandeis University

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Featured Essay: Havurat Shalom Records

Brandeis University’s Archives and Special Collections department now holds the Havurat Shalom records collection, which contains materials, created between 1968 and 1976, documenting the founding and early years of this groundbreaking institution.

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Havurat Shalom Records

Oscars at Brandeis!

Judaica Materials in Special Collections

Marcia Freedman Papers

Trimalchio (or, The Great Gatsby)

Coptic Liturgy and Prayers – The Anaphora of Saint Cyril

Theobaldus’ Phisiologus de Naturis Duodecim Animalum, 1493

Children’s Literature Collection

The Crimean War in the French and British Satirical Press

The Lenny Bruce Collection

Theresienstadt Concentration Camp Documents, 1939–1945

Leonard Baskin and The Gehenna Press, 1951-1971

Witches, Demons and Ghosts in Special Collections

Zora Neale Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine

Dr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Kessner Collection of Doughty Birds

Franz Lehman Letters and Other Material, 1943–1949

Burmese Palm Leaf Manuscripts

Brandeis Special Collections on the Internet Archive – Part II in an Occasional Series

Langston Hughes Treasures in Special Collections

Colonel Edward H. McCrahon Family Collection of World War I Posters

Fore-edge Paintings

Stereoscopic Slides of the Holy Land, from the Dan Tassel Photography Collection

Trustman Collection of Honoré Daumier Lithographs

Brandeis Special Collections on the Internet Archive — Part I in an Occasional Series

Ernest A. Young Papers, 1871-1936

Wright and Ellison First Editions

Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, 1776

Miniature Books

Louis Nye Collection, 1609-1714

Spanish Civil War Periodical Collection, 1923-2009

Leonardo da Vinci Collection

Roger Tory Peterson Photographs

Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica


Le Istitutioni Harmoniche by Gioseffo Zarlino, 1558

Nahum Goldmann Collection, 1910-2004

Punch’s Pocket Book, 1844-1881

19th-Century Playbooks

Carl Van Vechten Photographs, 1932-1964

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

Buffalo Bill Dime Novels

Once Upon a Time…Rare and Fine Press Editions of Fairy Tales

Diary (1859-1886) of William Ayrton

Women’s History Month: Women in Publishing

Pennyroyal Caxton Bible

More than Just a John Hancock – The Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution Collections

African, Afro – Caribbean and African American Photographs and Ephemera Collection

Revolutionary Books and Revolutionary Wars

Shakespeare Collection

History of the Indian Tribes of North America

Pauline Trigère Papers

Joan Crawford Awards

Max Nomad Papers

Hugo Oehler Collection

"The Three Ages of the Colonies" From the Book Collection of Charles J. Tanenbaum

Merchant's Scale and Weight Box

Paris Commune Posters

Leo Rosten Papers

Albert Eugene Kahn Papers

Muriel and Jeremy Josse collection of Holy Land Maps

Jewish Resistance Collection

Marcel Proust letters

Arthur Laurents Correspondence

Victorian Ephemera

World War II Guernsey Scrapbook


Charles Darwin's on the Origin of Species

Sophie Tucker Scrapbooks

Charles Korvin Photographs

Autograph collection, 1621 – 1985, Undated

French Revolution Pamphlets, 1761 – 1807

William Lloyd Garrison Collection

Bernice and Henry Tumen Collection

Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center’s Samuel Gridley Howe Library Collections

Jack J. and Therese G. Katz Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles

Consistoire Central Israélite de France Collection

Isaac Newton Manuscript

Louis Dembitz Brandeis Collection

Eric M. Lipman Collection of Nazi Documents

Native American Watercolors

The Man Who Would Not Be Vice President: The Daniel Webster Collection

Spitzer Family Papers

The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye and the Kelmscott Press

Perry Miller Collection on the Colonial Religious Experience in America

Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum)

Dante's Divine Comedy, Censored by Spanish Inquisition

Diary of a World War I Aid Worker

Lewis S. Feuer Papers

The First Part of the Life and Raigne of King Henrie the IIII

A Few Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts at Brandeis

Bern Dibner Collection in the History of Science

Rare Gift Books

Spanish Civil War Poster Collection

Paul Iribe's Le Témoin

Pimander, Sive de Potestate et Sapientia Dei

Leo Frank Trial Collection, 1909 - 1961

Joseph Heller's Catch - 22 Manuscript and Correspondence

Experiments and Observations on Electricity Made at Philadelphia in America

Radical Pamphlet Collection

Léon Lipschutz Collection of Dreyfusiana and French Judaica

Johannes Buxtorf, Christian Hebraist (1564 - 1629)

The First Bookplate

Charter of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary

Helmut Hirsch Collection

Abraham Lincoln Documents and Ephemera

The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Collection of Early Music Imprints

Hall - Hoag Collection of Extremist Literature in the United States

Walt Whitman Collection

World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters Collection

McKew Parr Collection: Magellan and the Age of Discovery

Sacco and Vanzetti Collections

Three Books of Renaissance Cryptography and the Secret of Shakespearean Authorship

Victor Young Collection

Sermones Thesauri Novi de Tempore, 1496, Bound in Hebrew Manuscript

14th-Century Italian Illuminated Breviary Leaf: Feast of Epiphany

Michael Lally Civil War Letters, 1861 - 1865

Geneva Bible. London: Deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes Most Excellent Majestie, 1589.

S.M.S., William Copley, Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., 1968