Deets Library Special Collections

Special Collections consist of “…manuscripts, archival collections of mixed format including prints, drawings and photographs, and graphic materials such as maps, theatrical publications, pamphlets, advertizing and posters, and sometimes newspapers, which were not published in book form. ‘Special collections’ also can be extended to include distinct collections of material relating to a particular subject or part of the world…” Special Collections in ARL Libraries A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections. March 2009.

Special collections have characteristics that set them apart from other types of collections in libraries. These special aspects may include:

  • Rarity: books, manuscripts and other materials that are old, scarce or unique.
  • Format: photographs, slides, films, audio recordings, maps, artworks, artifacts and other objects that need special handling.
  • Comprehensiveness: accumulation of materials that are individually not unique, but collectively make up an important resource because of their relevance to a particular topic or individual.

These characteristics also mean that special collections are not readily replaceable and require a higher level of security and special preservation environments to insure their survival. In contrast to museum collections assembled for visual display, special collections focus on research as their primary mission. Thus, they complement general research collections and are often located in institutions that house both kinds of collections.

Special Collections that are managed by Deet Library include:

The Lucille Campbell Collection is focused on her research into pollution in Neodesha, Kansas.