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Research Guides@Tufts

Tisch Library Special Collections

Access to Special Collections

COVID-19 & Special Collections: The reading room is closed during Fall semester 2020. Books are not available to consult. Special Collections staff is working from home. To discuss options for research and for other queries, please send email to, Curator of Rare Books.

We look forward to the time that individuals again may consult most Special Collections books in Tisch Library.

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

Students study medieval manuscript fragments   Penwork initial, Tufts Univ. MS 15, 1398.   Book bound in a leaf from a medieval manuscript   




Related Guides

Images and text of many rare books and periodicals are contained in digital collections such as Early English Books Online (EEBO), 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, American Periodical Series, or Early American Imprints. For a list of digital collections, please see the research guide Digital Collections at Tufts & on the Web.

Tufts's publications, University records, and manuscript collections (but not manuscripts in the sense of the medieval codex) can be found at Digital Collections and Archives.