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Microfilm, Book and Pamphlet Collections

Hebrew Manuscripts

The Special Collection Department houses in facsimile and in microform reproductions of Hebrew manuscripts. These collections complement collections that are housed in the microform section of the Library. The Register of Hebrew Manuscripts on Microfilm at Brandeis University, by Judith R. Sebestyen (Judaica Reference Z6621 .B736 H4 1980) provides a partial guide to the collections housed in the Special Collections Department.

Collections of note include:

  • Vatican Hebraica
  • Baron Guenzberg Collection in the Lenin State Library (Rare BM40 .G535)
  • Hebrew Manuscripts at the Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem (Rare Z6605 .H4 M3392 1996)
  • For additional sources on this topic, search the following catalog entries in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

    Subject Search: Manuscripts, Hebrew

Wagenseil Collection

Johann Christoph Wagenseil, the noted author and orientalist served as professor of history, canon law and oriental studies at the University of Altdorf from 1667 to 1697. In his lifetime, he collected a significant number of rare Hebraic and Semitic writings authored by noted rabbinical scholars, Christian Hebraists and Orientalists. His collection, consisting of six hundred titles, is currently housed at the University of Altdorf. It includes various editions of the Bible and Talmud, works which describe the life and customs of the Jews, as well as historical, philosophic, and philological works. The microfiche edition includes the Catalogue of the Wagenseil Collection on CD-Rom.

Dime Novel and Juvenile Literature Collection

This collection consists of over 1,000 dime novels, an extensive collection of the works of Horatio Alger, Harry Castleman, Oliver Optic, and other boys' and girls' literature of the 19th and early 20th century. A preliminary container list to the dime novel collection is available on the website and in the Special Collections Department. Access to the remainder of the collection is through the online catalog, Library OneSearch.

  • For additional sources on this topic, search the following catalog entries in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

    Subject Search: Children's literature
    Subject Search: Dime novels
    Author Search: Alger, Horatio, 1832-1899
    Subject Search: Alger, Horatio, 1832-1899
    Subject Search: Fosdick, Charles Austin, 1842-1915
    Subject Search: Adams, William Taylor, 1822-1897

Trustman Collection of Honoré Daumier Lithographs

During his lifetime, Daumier created more than 4,000 lithographs. Through the generous gift of Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman the late 1950s, Brandeis University acquired copies of virtually all of them, amassing one of the largest collections of lithographs by this master artist. The collection has been cataloged and digitized thanks to a 2001 IMLS Leadership Grant. Click here to see the Daumier website and to search and view the lithographs.

The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Collection of Early Music Imprints, 1501-1650

The Gorham Collection consists of the original imprints of music or books on or related to music published between 1501 and 1650, a golden age of music printing and publishing. To date, the collection comprises more than 50 editions published between 1501 and 1626. A detailed description and list of books can be found here. A description of many of the partbooks in the collection, with images, is available on Special Collections Spotlight.

Hall-Hoag Collection of Extremist Literature in the United States

The collection consists of approximately 5,000 publications, representing an effort to document the wide spectrum of political and religious dissent from the post-World War II period through the Reagan Era. The collection is organized into 26 series, primarily alphabetical, containing pamphlets, political tracts, etc. on topics including the Vietnam War, the spread of communism, the nuclear arms race, and race relations. A finding aid is available on the Special Collections Department's web site. A Checklist of Materials in the Hall-Hoag Collection of Extremist Literature is available in the Special Collections Department (Z7164 .L65 B79 1987).

  • For additional sources on this topic, search the following catalog entries in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

    Subject Search: United States--Moral conditions
    Subject Search: Political parties--United States
    Subject Search: Subversive activities--United States
    Subject Search: Antisemitism--United States
    Subject Search: Race discrimination--United States

Hofmeimer Collection

The collection is comprehensive in three areas of book collecting: first, the English Romantic Movement (Coleridge, Shelley, et al.); second, Italian Renaissance material (Dante, Cellini, etc.); and third, finely printed modern press books. In particular, the English Romantic books are noteworthy, many of the books are unique due to the handwritten annotations, tipped-in letters by the authors, and exceptional provenance of the individual volume. A full listing of the titles in the collection may be obtained through a subject search in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

Subject Search: Hofheimer, Henry and Hannah, donor

Incunabula

The Special Collections Department houses a collection of forty-four incunabula. A Checklist of Incunabula in the Brandeis University Library, compiled by Victor A. Berch, is available in the Special Collections Department. In addition, the Illustrated Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (IISTC), a database on fifteenth-century printing, developed by the British Library, is available in the Electronic Research Center.

The following collections of Hebrew incunabula in facsimile are housed in the Library:

  1. Incunabula, Unit 16-17, Incunabula Hebraica (Woodbridge,CT:Research Publications [1998]), a microform edition of 117 titles (Special Collections Restricted BM495 .I539 1998).
  2. Jewish Theological Seminary of America Library. Hebrew Incunabula. (Ann Arbor, MI:University Microfilms, 1978) (Micro BM495. J39). A reel guide is available in Micro Reference.
  • For additional sources on this topic, search the following catalog entries in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

    Subject Search: Incunabula
    Subject Search: Incunabula--Microforms
    Subject Search: Hebrew imprints

Leonardo da Vinci Collection

The collection includes books and pamphlets dealing with all aspects of Leonardo da Vinci's life, art, and engineering feats. A full listing of the titles in the collection may be obtained through a subject search in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

Subject Search: Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519

McKew-Parr Collection on Magellan and the Age of Discovery

The McKew Parr Collection was donated to Brandeis in 1961 by Connecticut State Senator Charles McKew Parr and his wife, Ruth. Comprised of nearly 7000 items, the McKew Parr Collection, titled “Magellan and the Age of Discovery,” was one of America’s premier private collections devoted to the era of exploration, the period from the mid-fifteenth through the mid-eighteenth centuries, with works relating to Magellan, Columbus, and other voyagers. Of these items, almost 1000 books and several hundred pamphlets of particular rarity and value are housed in the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, while the remaining volumes, consisting mainly of mid-twentieth-century scholarly works on exploration, are held in the open stacks. Many of the rare books in this collection have been digitized and are available on the Internet Archive under the search heading "McKew Parr." For more information on the collection as a whole, see Special Collections Spotlight.

  • For additional sources on this topic, search the following catalog entries in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

    Subject Search: McKew Parr Collection
    Subject Search:
    Discoveries (in geography)
    Subject Search: Voyages and travels
    Subject Search: Magalhaes, Fernao de, d. 1521
    Subject Search: Columbus, Christopher

Radical Pamphlet Collection

The collection includes approximately 5,000 pamphlets published from 1920 through the 1950s dealing with Socialism and Communism in the United States and Great Britain. A checklist of items in the Radical Pamphlet Collection is available in the Special Collections Department (Z7164 .S67 B689 1988).

  • For additional sources on this topic, search the following catalog entries in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

    Subject Search: Socialism--United States
    Subject Search: Communism--United States
    Subject Search: Socialism--Great Britain
    Subject Search: Communism--Great Britain

Shakespeare Collection

The collection consists of all critical editions of Shakespeare's works from the first published edition (1709) to the present. It also includes the First, Second, and Fourth Folios and important pre-1800 Shakespearean criticism and commentary. The digital version of the Brandeis University Libraries' Shakespeare First Folio is available to the public on the Perseus Digital Library website. To visit the digital version of the First Folio, go to the link below.

First Folio

A full listing of the titles in the collection may be obtained through a subject search in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog, Library OneSearch:

Subject Search: Shakespeare Collection

Books of Hours and Medieval Manuscripts

The collection consists seven illuminated manuscripts and Books of Hours. A detailed list is available here.