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Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Artifacts

The Collection

Ohio Wesleyan University's Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Artifacts collection contains materials illustrating various methods people have used to record transactions, thoughts, and knowledge in language forms: cuneiform writing in clay tablets; Greek on papyrus; sacred texts in Sanskrit on palm leaves, in Hebrew on a leather scroll, in Latin and Ge'ez in illuminated manuscripts on parchment; early printed books. It also includes many rare books and examples of 19th and 20th century writings.

Additionally, Special Collections at OWU houses artifacts such as pre-Columbian pottery from Bolivia, Anasazi and Lower Mississippi culture pottery, Asian and African artifacts, oriental carpets, chinaware, and paintings.

Noteworthy individual collections include:

*Please note that library catalog listings do not include all materials in a collection, especially any nonbook materials.

OWU Instructors: Fall 2020 Update to Using Special Collections in Your Courses

We have plans to provide virtual instruction opportunities for OWU courses this fall. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon. You can also contact Stacy to learn more. I look forward to working with you!

Other resources: Digitized rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts from other institutions

Image from a medieval manuscript
Image from a Japanese scroll
Image from the Description de l'Égypte plates
Majolica Syrian plate
Image of King James Bible introductory text
Barnum and Bailey promotional poster image
Image of Classical Library books on a shelf
Image of Kate Greenaway book cover
Image of the Salon de 1890 title page


COVID-19 update:

Beeghly Library and the OWU Special Collections are closed, but your librarian is available weekdays by appointment.

Please contact me to set-up a digital appointment for help with online library resources (24-hour notice highly recommended).


Stacy Chaney-Blankenship