Courtesy of Lucius Books; from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


The Modern Books and Manuscripts Department focuses its collecting on the literature and history of Europe and the Americas. It includes the Theodore Roosevelt Collection; and extensive holdings of Arabic, Indic, and Syriac manuscripts (the corresponding printed holdings are largely held in Widener Library).

The department collects a broad array of subjects, languages, and authors. Major subjects represented in the manuscript and archival collections are American and European literature and history, with particular strength in American, British, French, Latin American, Russian, and Spanish literature; the history of missions and missionaries, particularly those of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM); publishing history; music; and philosophy.

The rare book collection is broader in topical and cultural content than the manuscript and archive collection. In addition to strong collections in American and European history and literature in general, there are strengths in American, British, Danish, French, German, Italian, Latin American, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Slavic and Spanish literature; the Russian Revolution and pre-revolutionary radical pamphlets; the Vienna revolt of 1848; American Trotskyism; Dreyfusiana; classical music and popular songsters; bibliography and book history; and more. The goal of the department is to form complete collections of the work of major authors, and representative collections of important single books and genres.

For more detail, see the Houghton Collection Development Guidelines.

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