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Special Collections and Archives: Rare Books

Rare Books Collections

The Rare Book Collections contains over 3,000 volumes published from the 16th thru the 21st centuries. Among these are a unique collection of 18th century English books and dictionaries created by Dr. Samuel Johnson and his contemporaries, a small collection of contemporary artist’s books, and books pertaining to the American West, the Intermountain West, and Idaho. All of the books, including the sub-collections, are searchable using the Library Catalog.

Sub-collections in Rare Books
  1. Book Arts Collection - a selection of over 130 contemporary artist’s books
  2. Early English Dictionaries Collection - a small collection of dictionaries ranging from a 1670 publication of Glossographia to modern reprints
  3. FOOLs (Friends of Oboler Library) Collection of Censored Books
  4. H. Alan Robinson Readers Collection
  5. Dr. Johnson and His Circle of Friends Collections - Samuel Johnson LL.D. (1709-1784), often referred to simply as Dr. Johnson, was one of England's greatest literary figures: a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and often esteemed the finest literary critic in English



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