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Honoré Daumier Lithograph Collection
The Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman Collection of Honoré Daumier Lithographs at Brandeis University comprises nearly the entire oeuvre of Daumier in the lithographic medium. A searchable, browsable database of the collection is available here.

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Shakespeare First Folio Online
See a digitized version of the First Folio held at Brandeis. Brandeis holds a large collection of rare Shakespeare texts, including a second and a fourth folio.

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Civil War Letters

The Civil War Letters of Wellesley College and Brandeis University is an openly available, online, academic resource which presents 449 digitized Civil War letters as well as lesson plans, timelines, maps, and voice recordings. This project was funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War. Brandeis's letters, part of the Michael Lally Letters and other material collection, can also be found here.

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Book of Hours Image Collection

These images are taken from a fifteenth-century Flemish book of hours, one of more than thirty works in the Pre-1850 Western Manuscripts collection.

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Carl Van Vechten Portraits

Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was a writer, arts critic, and photographer known especially for his portraits; there are 1689 black and white photographs in the Brandeis collection. Van Vechten took many photographs of notable African Americans in the first half of the twentieth century, documenting an important part of American history neglected by others.

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Spanish Civil War Posters

The collection includes more than 250 anti-Fascist posters, sent or brought home by American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. See a checklist of the posters held by Brandeis here. See a Special Collections Spotlight on the poster collection here. See our work-in-progress collection in the Brandeis Institutional Repository here.

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World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters

The Brandeis University World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters collection includes nearly a hundred different images promoting the two war efforts. A number of the posters were created by artists whose work was already widely known through books, magazines, and advertising. A full finding aid to the World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters collection is available here.
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The Bernice and Henry Tumen collection

The Tumen collection consists of Jewish ceremonial objects, including kiddush cups, spice boxes, candlesticks, menorahs, torah bindings, breastplates, and more. The collection principally showcases nineteenth- and twentieth-century artifacts. See a finding aid to the collection here.

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Jack J. and Therese G. Katz Chinese snuff bottles, circa 1700-1900

This collection of 47 Chinese snuff bottles was a gift to Brandeis University from Jack J. Katz and Therese G. Katz in 1964. The bottles range in date from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries and illustrate the wide range of materials used in Chinese snuff bottles. See a finding aid to the collection here.
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Native American watercolors

The collection contains 38 Native American watercolor paintings completed during the twentieth century, including paintings by Julian Martinez, Trinidad Archuleta, Romando Vigil, and several other well-known artists. See a finding aid to the collection here.


Léon Lipschutz collection of Dreyfusiana and French Judaica, 1796-1934

This collection consists primarily of materials related to the Dreyfus Affair; there is also a small but notable group of documents that focus on Jewish life and intellectualism in France from the late 1700s to the mid-twentieth century. See a finding aid to the collection here. The digitization of this collection was made possible through the generosity of Betty J. Gluck and in honor of Abraham Bleich.  

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Books on the Internet Archive

Brandeis has contributed more than 1600 publications to the Internet Archive, a freely available online library of digitized works. Brandeis contributions include rare books, institutional publications, and more, from the 1500s to the present.

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Victor Young collection

Victor Young (1900-1956) wrote and directed music for many Hollywood motion pictures in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, including Gulliver's Travels, Shane, Golden Earrings, The Quiet Man, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Brandeis has digitized many of the conductor's scores in the collection, which are available on the Internet Archive. See a finding aid to the collection here.

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Howe Library book collection

A selection of Brandeis's collection of historical books by experts in the fields of science, medicine, and disabilities from the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center’s Samuel Gridley Howe Library in Waltham is available on the Internet Archive. This are one of several collections of materials on the Fernald School and disability rights at Brandeis.

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Middlesex University photographs

Middlesex University was a medical school which came to be located on the campus of what would become Brandeis University, to which Middlesex College transferred its charter. This collection has research relevance in many subject areas such as the history of medicine, medical school quotas, ethnicity and race in medical education, women and medical education, and Jewish genealogy.

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Dissertations & Theses @ Brandeis University

This database indexes and abstracts Brandeis University dissertations from 1996 to the present, with 24-page previews and downloadable full text.

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Brandeis Institutional Repository Masters Theses Collection

This collection contains Brandeis University masters theses (2008- ), with downloadable full text. (Electronic thesis submission was voluntary beginning in the spring of 2008, and was required as of fall 2008 matriculation into graduate programs requiring Master's theses.)

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Videos from the Archives

Take a peek into the past! Watch videos from Brandeis' history.

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Faculty Oral History Project

Watch oral history videos featuring Brandeis University faculty.