Central Libraries Special Collections

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The mission of the Central Libraries Special Collections is to support the teaching, learning, and research goals of Baylor University by building, preserving, and providing access to unique and rare collections, in targeted areas of excellence, which support the research of Baylor and international scholarly communities.

The Central Libraries Special Collections are open to students, faculty, visiting researchers, and members of the community.

The combined collections hold over 10,000 volumes dating from the 12th century to the present. Collections include rare books, manuscripts, book arts, scholars' libraries, archives, early printed music, and more. Covering a broad range of subjects, the collections are particularly strong in rare Bible versions, hymnals, early American popular sheet music, and significant American imprints.

Music and Art 

Personal Papers and other collections

Rare Books (Materials published or printed before 1801 and manuscript facsimilies ranging from 5th to 15th century)

Scholars' Collections

Sue Margaret Hughes Collection (19th Century materials)


Spotlight on Collections