Tisch Special Collections holds medieval manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books from many of the most important figures in printing history - including a collection of books from the press of Aldus Manutius - works of early modern science and medicine, travel and exploration, philosophy, religion, history, politics, art, theater, and music; a large collection of 19th century American pamphlets; facsimiles of Japanese and Islamic manuscripts; and personal libraries (e.g. Hosea Ballou 2d, founding president of Tufts, the Ritter music history collection, the English history collection of Professor Edwin C. Bolles, and Tufts poet John Holmes's poetry book collection).
Special Collections is open in Room 103 on Tisch Level 1, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-4 P.M., and by appointment. Email us at email@example.com.
Most books in Special Collections may be called to the TARC reading room on Level G by selecting a link in the catalog record, "Request to view this item in the Archives Reading Room." The exceptions are medieval manuscripts and manuscript fragments, which are available for study by making an appointment by email.
You also can make an appointment to study books during open hours in Special Collections on Tisch Level 1 during Tuesday and Thursday afternoon open hours.
It is possible to limit one's search to Special Collections when using Jumbosearch. Choose Advanced search, and add "Tufts Special Collections" on one line, as keywords.
To arrange a class visit or research consultation, please contact Christopher Barbour, Curator of Rare Books.
Current collecting emphases include:
Other Tufts's special collections include those of the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), the Hirsch Health Sciences Library, the Lilly Music Library, and the Webster Family Library at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Tisch Special Collections are exclusively rare books. Tufts's publications, University records, and archival collections (mainly non-book) can be found at the Tufts Archival Research Center.