The Library’s special collections are housed in the Donohue Rare Book Room, and feature more than 17,000 items including books, manuscripts, photographs, drawings, engravings, and other artworks.
Materials located in the Donohue Rare Book Room are cataloged in the library’s online catalog. Here are some the newly cataloged books in the collection:
Books published by the Book Club of California:
- From the editor : the selected writings of Sandra Kirshenbaum / edited by Russell Maret (2020)
- The life and times of Jo Mora : iconic artist of the American West / by Peter Hiller (2019)
- The Klondike & Alaska gold rushes : a descriptive bibliography of books and pamphlets covering the years 1896-1905 / by Gary F. Kurutz (2021)
Fine press books:
- A pattern book of Cádiz Ornaments / Russell Maret (2021)
- Finding the space / Gary Snyder (Black Rock Press, 1996)
- American crow : report from quarantine / Gaylord Schanilec (Midnight Paper Sales, 2021). You can listen to Gaylord Schanilec talk about the development of the ideas and format of American crow on YouTube.
A book printed over 400 years ago:
- Actes and Monumentes of the Church / by John Foxe (John Daye, 1583). Popularly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, this influential book contains an account of the sufferings of Protestants under the Catholic Church in England & Scotland. With incredible (and frightful!) woodcut illustrations.
Special Collections materials are available to students, staff, faculty and the University Community. The Donohue Rare Book Room is on the 3rd floor of the library and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Non-affiliated patrons and researchers may access the collection by calling the Rare Book Room in advance to schedule an appointment.