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Special Collections

The library has specialized resources for research in various disciplines, described below. Access to these collections may be arranged by contacting a librarian.

Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Room Collection

This collection is housed in the elegantly appointed Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Room on the second level. It includes a growing number of first and limited editions and other monographs primarily concerning the study and appreciation of the life and works of William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan and Tudor periods. Also contained here are important manuscripts, early imprints, and exquisite examples of hand-made, letter-press books of poetry.  Some of these books are available for circulation. Search for these items in the library's catalog (Use the Power Search feature and the Location: Apple Rare Books Room)

Nancy Cairns Collection of French Language and Literature

This collection, established from the library of Nancy Cairns, former Professor of French, includes several hundred volumes of 18th, 19th and 20th Century French Literature. Several rare and important early editions of French political and literary works are contained in this collection. The collection is housed in the Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Room.
Search for these items in the library's catalog (Do a "word or phrase" search with the search terms Nancy Cairns)

Russell Gilbert Pennsylvania German Collection

This collection offers rich resources in Pennsylvania German Language, Literature, and History. Based on a gift from former Professor of German Russell Gilbert, the Collection continues to grow by the addition of donor gifts and other acquisitions. The collection is housed in the Pennsylvania Room that features a beautiful fan-window overlooking University Avenue.
 Search for these items in the library's catalog  (Use the Power Search feature and the Location: Pennsylvania Room)

Susquehanna University Archives

The Susquehanna University Archives includes documents related to the university's founding in 1858 as a Missionary Institute, its growth and its development up to the present.  Included, among many other materials, are the student yearbooks (the Lanthorn), the student newspaper (the Crusader) and its predecessor (the Susquehanna), papers of university presidents, thousands of photographs etc. Other important documents are also kept in the university archives including:

  • The Blough Papers
  • The Quisling Papers
  • The Franklin Kury Papers

The archives are open only to the SU community. Scholars engaged in serious research may call to arrange a visit. Please contact Archives Assistant Mary Sanders for access or information at 570-372-4327.

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