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History of the Book: Welcome

This guide provides a general overview of resources in Special Collections pertaining to the history of the book and the history of printing. Some of the rare books housed in Special Collections are identified.


This guide provides an overview to some of Special Collections'  and University Archives' holdings about the history of the book and printing. If you have a question, please contact the librarian by using the information on the right.

Book and Print History in Special Collections

Book Arts Collection - Holdings include international examples and secondary works on the history of printing and publishing, book design, paper, writing and alphabets. The artists' book emerged as a new genre during the twentieth century. Special Collections has representative examples of various techniques for binding, illustration, paper making, and printing, including limited editions from the University's Black Rock Press.

Selected Web Resources - Provides links to Websites for copyright guidelines, professional organizations, history of print resources, and Special Collections' digitized Book Arts Collection

Medieval Manuscripts Links to several medieval parchment specimens and books about illuminated manuscripts

The Writing Process of YesteryearPersonal computers revolutionized the preparation of book manuscripts. The Robert Laxalt Papers in Special Collections (85-09) contain examples of typed manuscripts with handwritten edits, correspondence with his editors, and galley proofs. What details about writers' thought processes and manuscript development are lost in the era of computer-based writing?

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