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Rare Books and Manuscripts

Rare Books and Manuscripts

General Information

Rare Books and Manuscripts (RBM) is one of six featured collections in ASU's Distinctive Collections. Holdings are strong in early modern herbals, performing arts collections, and film and television collections. Also represented are pop-up and moveable-parts books, young adult literature, and contemporary artists' books. The RBM collections provide a representative teaching collection that documents major shifts in writing and technology, ranging from a Sumerian clay tablet from roughly 2100 B.C.E. to contemporary artists' books and digital media. 

To locate Rare Books and Manuscripts materials, begin your search in one of the following:

  • For rare books, manuscripts and periodicals, search the ASU Library Catalog.
  • For some manuscript collections, search Arizona Archives Online. Limit your search to Rare Books and Manuscripts' collections by clicking on: "Arizona State University" and "Special Collections".
  • For digital images, audio, moving images, multimedia and original research by ASU scholars, search the ASU Digital Repository.

If you can't find what you're looking for, please email Ask an Archivist

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