Colorful books on a shelf

Books from Louis D. Brandeis' personal library

An Archives employee works with students
Archival materials spread out on tables
Students look at a large open book on a table
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Archives and Special Collections is open for research appointments, both virtually and in-person. Viewing sessions may also be made virtually through Zoom for either one rare book or up to three folders. Please see Reference Appointment Protocols for more information, and email or call 781-736-4657 for appointment times.

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department houses Brandeis University's unique and rare primary sources. The department comprises three integrated units: the University Archives, Special Collections and University Records Management.

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Featured Exhibit: Children's Literature Collection

Two books from the Children's Literature Collection

Love it or hate it — or, display some more middle-way attitude if it pleases you — popular fiction plays an important role in society. The Brandeis Collection of Children's Literature contains examples of the genre that date from the fin-de-siècle to the Eisenhower administration. Only four authors get detailed mention on this site, but the collection is much more extensive, including books from Henry Castelmon's "The Sportsman's Club" series, the "X Bar X Boys," "MacGuffey's Reader" and Ainsworth Magazine, among others.

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