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Rare Books & Special Collections

Donations

Anyone who would like to donate items that they believe would be of interest to Special Collections should contact John Curtis, Head of Special Collections, at (440) 826-3571 or jcurtis@bw.edu.  Though we will consider any items offered, below is a detailed listing of our most sought after categories of items.

Special Collections - Acquisitions Criteria

All imprints to 1849

United States fiction to 1864
United States territorial imprints prior to statehood (chart below)

Confederate States imprints, 1861-1865 (chart below)

Canadian imprints, Western Provinces (west of Ontario) to 1899
Australian and New Zealand imprints to 1869
African imprints to 1869
Asian imprints in English to 1869

Notable private press editions: Ashendene, Chiswick, Cuala, Kelmscott, Merrymount, Peter Pauper, etc.

Limited/numbered editions of less than 2000 [ex. Limited Editions Club]

Copies signed by the author or illustrator

Association copies owned by a significant individual, signed or with marginalia known to be by the individual

Works by BI/BU/GWC/BWC/BWU faculty
Works by BI/BU/GWC/BWC/BWU alumni
BI/BU/GWC textbooks if signed by owner with BW affiliation stated or known
Books signed or with bookplates of BI/BU/GWC faculty

Facsimiles of rare books and manuscripts

Monetary value exceeding $300

Fewer than five copies in WorldCat
Fewer than two copies in OhioLINK

Manuscript books or book leaves
Manuscripts of research value

Marginalia of research value

Documents signed by significant individuals

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Charts

United States territorial imprints prior to statehood

01 Delaware 1787

11 New York 1788

21 Illinois 1818

31 California 1850

41 Montana 1889

02 Pennsylvania 1787

12 North Carolina 1789

22 Alabama 1819

32 Minnesota 1858

42 Washington 1889

03 New Jersey 1787

13 Rhode Island 1790

23 Maine 1820

33 Oregon 1859

43 Idaho 1890

04 Georgia 1788

14 Vermont 1791

24 Missouri 1821

34 Kansas 1861

44 Wyoming 1890

05 Connecticut 1788

15 Kentucky 1792

25 Arkansas 1836

35 West Virginia 1863

45 Utah 1896

06 Massachusetts 1788

16 Tennessee 1796

26 Michigan 1837

36 Nevada 1864

46 Oklahoma 1907

07 Maryland 1788

17 Ohio 1803

27 Florida 1845

37 Nebraska 1867

47 New Mexico 1912

08 South Carolina 1788

18 Louisiana 1812

28 Texas 1845

38 Colorado 1876

48 Arizona 1912

09 New Hampshire 1788

19 Indiana 1816

29 Iowa 1846

39 North Dakota 1889

49 Alaska 1959

10 Virginia 1788

20 Mississippi 1817

30 Wisconsin 1848

40 South Dakota 1889

50 Hawaii 1959

Confederate States imprints, 1861-1865

01 South Carolina
02 Mississippi
03 Florida
04 Alabama
05 Georgia
06 Louisiana
07 Texas
08 Virginia
09 Arkansas
10 Tennessee
11 North Carolina