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Special Collections - Artists books

University Libraries

Rare books and Manuscripts

In addition to our defined collecting areas, the University of Denver Special Collections collects rare books and manuscript collections in other thematic areas. Whenever possible, we collect in ways that intersect with our existing collections (i.e. papers of University of Denver alumni or faculty, artists in our Fine Press & Artists' Book Collection, etc.).

For archival collections, these areas include:

  • Political papers of Colorado elected officials
  • Author's papers, particularly those working in creative writing and/or poetry
  • Select papers or records of University of Denver faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Papers or records related to the history of the University Park neighborhood
  • Papers or records related to individuals or organizations represented in one of our other collecting areas (i.e. papers of book artists represented in our collection, papers of cookbook authors)

In addition, per our departmental collecting policy, we seek rare or unique materials that have received "substantial and sustained attention within the University or related to the local community, those representing ongoing departmental research interests, or those areas that are the focus of interdisciplinary programs."

 image of Special Collections manuscript collection


Learn about and support our Collection

You can browse the manuscript collections in our online archives management system. To learn more about the collection, contact Katherine Crowe, Curator of Special Collections and Archives, at or 303-871-7944.