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Special Collections and Rare Books: Collections
Teaching a class that would benefit from using Special Collections Materials?
Le Grand Dictionaire Historique published by Moreri in 1673
Scrvtinivm Sacerdotale from the Bishop Loras collection printed in 1694
House Executive Documents
Set of poems published by the Stanbrook Abby Press
There are a variety of factors that determine whether materials should be included in Special Collections. The majority of our items were donated by individuals and were considered, as a whole, to be significant enough to be moved into the room, but materials from our stacks and individual donations are also considered for inclusion. Criteria used to evaluate materials for Special Collections include:
Age - Publication Dates:
Europe, prior to 1800
North American, prior to 1830 (but variable dates, moving west)
Iowa Imprints, prior to 1860
Dubuque imprints prior to 1900
Importance for printing history:
Fine press printing;
Examples of early local imprints;
Books printed by private presses, particularly the Torch Press of Cedar Rapids, and the Prairie Press of Muscatine and Iowa City.
Fore edge paintings;
Illustrations, woodcuts, engravings, lithographs;
Books designed as objects.
Manuscript notes of a significant owner;
Rare or unique according to standard bibliographies;
In gathering, organizing, and preserving the foregoing materials according to the criteria given, the literary, historical, or cultural value of these works and their relevance to the teaching programs of Loras College is a significant determinant.