The special collections curated by the university support advanced research in many fields of the humanities and social sciences and preserve our cultural and intellectual heritage.

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    Special Collections

    101 Aquinas Hall; 202-319-5065


    Special Collections consists of four distinct parts which include the Rare Books, Museum, University Archives, and Manuscript Collections. The Rare Books Collections contain approximately 70,000 volumes, which range from medieval documents to first editions of twentieth century authors. The Manuscript Collection, also known as the American Catholic History Collection, collects personal papers and institutional records which document the heritage and history of the American Catholic people.

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    Oliveira Lima Library

    022 Mullen Library; 202-319-5059

    The heart of the Oliveira Lima Library are the manuscripts, pamphlets, books, and artwork left to the University early in the 20th century by Manoel de Oliveira Lima, a Brazilian diplomat and historian.

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    Semitics/ICOR Library

    035 Mullen Library; 202-319-5084

    The Semitics/Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR) library supports research on the languages of the Bible and the ancient Near East.

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Other Specialized Collections on Campus

Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library
235 Columbus School of Law; 202-319-6284

The Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library supports the teaching, learning and research of the Columbus School of Law. It has its own Special Collections Reading Room which focuses on preserving rare books, special collections, and archival material related to the study and practice of law and the history of the law school.