Special Collections 75th Anniversary

The Treasure Room: 75 Years of Special Collections

In the decades that followed the 1941 establishment of the Treasure Room, Special Collections expanded its scope to include not only such rare books as a  James Joyce’s Ulysses signed first edition but also manuscripts and ephemera such as the J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana, containing thousands of pamphlets, broadsides and newspapers. Strategic acquisitions have generated nationally-significant collections in journalism, politics and social activism, the Civil Rights Movement, Latin America, southern literature and the performing arts. Today, Special Collections is a vital partner in the university’s efforts to connect students and scholars with primary resources through instruction, grant-funded digital projects and exhibitions.