Print Collections Search
The Hamilton College Library’s Special Collections and Archives includes a wide range of materials—from Roman-Egyptian papyri to contemporary artists’ books. You can search our print collections using the library catalog and limiting to locations that begin with “Spec Coll.” Or you can browse and search within one of the featured collections listed below:
- Choose a collection to view a description and a list of location filters used in the library catalog.
- Select the Browse and search within this collection link.
- Hover over the filters appearing at the top of the right-hand column of the results screen and select the lock icon.
- Replace the question mark in the search box with your own word(s).
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The 1826 Library includes books from the first published list of the library's collection.
Spec Coll 1826 Library
Agha Shahid Ali
Agha Shahid Ali was a Kashmiri-American poet who taught at Hamilton College from 1987 to 1993. Hamilton College Special Collections holds the primary archive of Shahid's papers. The collection includes: manuscripts, correspondence, journals, ephemera, photographs and video tapes, printed materials, and other items. Shahid corresponded with notable literary figures, such as Edward Said, James Merrill, and Salman Rushdie. Additionally, Shahid's personal library is deposited at Hamilton. Many of the volumes contain markings and annotations, giving some insight into his creative process.
Spec Coll Agha Shahid Ali Collection
A collection of almanacs published from the mid-18th through the early-20th centuries. These printed volumes include astronomical, meteorological, and other miscellaneous data that is typically arranged the form of a calendar.
Spec Coll Almanacs
Archives (Hamilton College)
The Hamilton College Archives holds Hamilton and Kirkland College records and personal papers of enduring value from administrators, faculty, students, and alumni from the founding of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy to the present.
Spec Coll Archives Alumni
Spec Coll Archives Folio
Spec Coll Archives Hamilton College
Spec Coll Archives Kirkland Collection
Spec Coll Archives Media
Spec Coll Archives Oversize
Beinecke (Lesser Antilles)
The preeminent collection of materials on the Lesser Antilles during the colonial period features hundreds of documents, correspondence, plantation reports, images, and maps.
Spec Coll Beinecke Folio
Spec Coll Beinecke Oversize
A collection featuring works that employ the structure or function of books for artistic expression along with published scholarship that explores practices related to the book as an art object.
Spec Coll Book Arts
Spec Coll Book Arts Folio
Spec Coll Book Arts Oversize
An expansive collection of published and manuscript materials relating to American communal societies from the 18th through the late-20th century.
Spec Coll Communal Societies
Spec Coll Communal Societies Folio
Spec Coll Communal Societies Oversize
Spec Coll Communal Societies Microfiche [not included in "browse all items"]
Spec Coll Communal Societies Microfilm [not included in "browse all items"]
A collection of books featuring contributions by British illustrator George Cruikshank (1792-1878).
Spec Coll Cruikshank
Spec Coll Cruikshank Oversize
A collection of books issued by Joel Munsell (1808-1880) and sons, a renowned Albany, New York, publisher.
Spec Coll Munsell
Books from the library of the Phoenix Society, Hamilton's second oldest literary organization formed in 1815.
Spec Coll Phoenix Society
A comprehensive collection of works by and about Ezra Pound, Hamilton class of 1905, including first editions of all but one of Pound’s works.
Spec Coll Pound Collection
Spec Coll Pound Collection Folio
Spec Coll Pound Collection Microfilm
Spec Coll Pound Collection Oversize
A library initially created by John Quinn (1870-1924), a New York lawyer, art patron and avid collector of original manuscripts. Quinn’s close friend, Jeanne Robert Foster (1879-1970), who herself was an Adirondack poet, helped Quinn acquire much of his collection of art and literature. Quinn and Foster were close friends with Ezra Pound, while Foster also knew the likes of Ford Madox Ford and William Butler Yeats, among others. The collection includes books Foster was given by Quinn, or inherited from him, as well as books she collected herself.
Spec Coll Quinn Foster Library
A collection of pamphlets and periodicals from the latter-19th century through the latter-20th century that documents organizations and individuals who advocated political and social change though revolutionary means.
Spec Coll Radical Pamphlets
Spec Coll Radical Pamphlets Oversize
Spec Coll Radical Periodicals
Books from the library of the Union Society, a Hamilton literary organization formed in 1834.
Spec Coll Uniona Society
A collection of books issued by Utica, New York, publishers.
Spec Coll Utica Imprints
Spec Coll Utica Folio
Spec Coll Utica Oversize
Not all Special Collections and Archives materials can be found using a library catalog search. Some manuscripts, images, and similar items have been digitized and made available online. In many cases, manuscript materials will require the assistance of our staff to locate.