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Search Our Materials

There are several ways to discover our collections:

  • Search the online library catalog through OneSearch for rare books, collection records, and other publications.
  • See below for a preliminary category grouping of selected collections. Keep in mind that materials related to a particular subject might be represented in both University Archives materials and Special Collections.

Archives of Brandeis University

The Brandeis University Archives collections reflect all aspects of Brandeis University's history and development. The following links describe the types of collections available in the University Archives, and provide additional links to finding aids to specific collections that are available for research.

Special Collections

The materials in Special Collections include rare books and manuscript collections on any number of subjects, including history, literature, Judaica, and social justice. A few selected topics are listed below.

Departmental, Office & Subject Collections African and Afro-American Studies
Faculty Papers American Studies
Individual Personal Papers English and American Literature
Moving Image Collections Fine Arts
Periodical Collection German Studies
Photography Collection History
Presidential Papers Italian Studies
Public Television Collections Judaic Studies
Sound Recordings Legal Studies
Theses & Dissertations Medieval and Renaissance Studies
University History Database Music
University Publications Science

Social Justice and Social Policy

Theater Arts

Important Note

Not all collections have electronic finding aids. Eventually all collections will have a presence in the finding aids database. In the meantime, try the search methods described on this page, and please contact us with any questions about our materials.