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Gould Library Special Collections has several interesting collections. Some of these collections were originally private collections that were given to the College by Alumni and friends.

  • Save Antarctica - Morello, Nicole

    Artists' Books

    This Collection features examples of artists' books from the past several decades.
  • Knockabout Club in the Woods

    Bloch Western Americana

    The Bloch Western Americana Collection focuses on the history and culture of the American West.
  • Sonnets and madrigals of Michelangelo Buonarroti

    Bruce Rogers

    The Bruce Rogers Collection contains over two hundred of the nearly four hundred books designed by the prominent American typographer and book designer, Bruce Rogers (1870-1957).
  • Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrī

    Facsimile Manuscripts and Maps

    This collection gives Carleton students an opportunity to work with facsimiles of important manuscripts and maps from Europe, the New World, and the Middle East.
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    Hemingway First Editions

    A collection of first editions of nearly all of Ernest Hemingway's works.
  • Title Page of Thomas Hobbes'1629 translation of Thucydides' <em>History of the Peloponnesian War</em>

    Highlights of European Civilization

    The Highlights Collection publications contains important publications in the history of Western thought and civilization.
  • Admiranda narratio, fida tamen, de commodis et incolarvm ritibvs Virginiae, Theodor de Bry


    The McGregor Collection includes period-contemporary materials in the areas of discovery, the early settlement of North America, the American Revolution and the westward expansion.
  • Little America, Richard E. Byrd

    Polar Exploration

    Carleton's polar exploration collection contains important editions of publications associated with the history of polar exploration.
  • Maud: a Monodrama, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Kelmscott Press

    Private Press Specimens

    The collection includes examples of the output of most significant American and British private presses operating during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam ... With Illustrations by Willy Pogany

    Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

    Carleton's Rubaiyat Collection of over 300 items offers researchers an opportunity to investigate the publishing history and cultural significance of this work during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Sherwin Beach Press

    The Sherwin Beach Press Collection features all of the work of the Sherwin Beach Press, a small fine press specializing in nonfiction prose.
  • Jō ryō en. John A. Torres, 2002

    Student Made Books

    The Student Made Book Collection includes books made as final projects by students in the College's history of print course.