Goucher College's Special Collections include original primary source and rare monographs, newspapers, periodicals, and pamphlets; sheet music; personal papers; and institutional records. Major collections include:
- The James Wilson Bright Collection includes early printed editions of English and European literary works and scholarly works relating to Anglo-Saxon literature and English philology from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.
- The Jane Austen collection includes all of Austen's first British and American editions as well as rare editions and related books about Austen's life and times. There are thousands of titles from the English Regency period including many celebrated illustrated works by Humphry Repton and Thomas Rowlandson, and other important works from that period.
- The Chrystelle Trump Bond Dance and Music Collection contains over 1,000 examples of American and European popular sheet music scores, and unique portfolios of dance music from 1820-1962. The music scores include many with colored steel engravings and lithographs, and the dance portfolios consist of scores, books, pedagogical materials, and ephemera relating to 19th and early 20th century social and theatrical dance that is valuable for dance reconstruction and cultural studies.
To browse other manuscript collections, visit the Manuscript and Rare Book Collections page.
Locating Special Collections Materials
- All of the rare books in the Special Collections are searchable in the library catalog. Using the Advanced Search feature, enter search terms and then limit your search by selecting "Special Collections" as the location. See image below.
- You can browse manuscript collection finding aids in the Goucher College Digital Library. Many of the manuscript collections are also searchable through the library catalog. Using the Advanced Search feature, enter search terms and then limit your search by selecting "ARCHIVAL MATLS" in the format box. See image below.
For general information or to schedule an appointment, please call 410-337-6075.
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