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History of Printing Resources in Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections offers a variety of resources pertaining to the history of printing. These include materials dating from the 14th to 20th centuries.


Archives and Special Collection houses texts and leaves from the pre-print era, as well as facsimiles of famous works such as, The Rohan Master: A Book of Hours. Some of these have been digitized and made available online in the Digital Media Repository, however, you may view the originals in the archives. To find Archives and Special Collections holdings, use OneSearch.

OneSearch Search Tip

To research pre-printing and early books in Archives and Special Collections, try an Advanced Search in OneSearch.

  1. In the drop down menu, select Subject and enter "Illumination of books and manuscripts" and/or "Manuscripts, Medieval".
  2. Limit results by entering search terms in the Words or Phrase, Author, Title, or Subject fields. Click "Search".
  3. On the left side of the search results page, narrow results in Library Location to Archives and Special Collections.