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Brandeis University. Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department

Library and Technology Services; Brandeis University, Mailstop 045
Waltham, Massachusetts 02454

Email: ascdepartment@brandeis.edu

Fax: 781-736-4719

Phone: 781-736-4686

Repository URL: http://lts.brandeis.edu/research/archives-speccoll/index.html External Link

Repository code: mwalb

Repository description (extant): Brandeis University (est. 1948) is the first and only Jewish-sponsored, nonsectarian institution of higher learning in the United States. Its founders embraced a firm commitment to social justice and renounced discrimination based on race, creed, or ethnic origin. From its inception, Brandeis University has attracted many leading scholars, intellectuals, creative artists, and innovators to its doors. The first and second master plans were designed by renowned architects Eero Saarinen and Max Abramovitz. These men transformed a bucolic campus with a horse stable for a library into a distinctive modernist landscape. Early faculty members included Leonard Bernstein, Irving Howe, Max Lerner, Herbert Marcuse, Abraham Maslow, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Senator John F. Kennedy was filmed on the Brandeis campus the same day he announced his run for the U.S. presidency. Guest speakers such as Angela Davis (class of 1965), Robert Frost, Martha Graham, David Ben-Gurion, Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Mead, and, more recently, the Dalai Lama have visited the campus--some more than once.

Though a relatively young university, Brandeis has a rich and noteworthy history. The University Archives' collections document the growth, development, and achievements of the university and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. In addition to its photograph collection of more than 100,000 images, the department houses a broad array of university and student publications, theses and dissertations, faculty papers, sound and moving image collections, university records, alumni publications and papers, artwork, posters, architectural plans, maps, and memorabilia . . . .

Special Collections

Special Collections at Brandeis University houses a broad range of rare and unique primary-source materials. The department acquires items in all formats, the bulk of which fall into several categories: rare books, manuscripts, archival collections, periodical collections, and visual collections.

In addition to incunabula, the rare books collection comprises first and critical editions, fine press publications, and early printings on subjects including American and European Christianity, bibliography and lexicography, classical studies, early exploration, English and American history and literature, English and French law and politics, Hebraica and Judaica, the history of science, Renaissance music, Shakespeare, and Leonardo da Vinci.

The department's manuscripts--which date from the thirteenth through the twentieth centuries--are broad in their topical and geographical scopes. In addition to late-medieval Judaica and Hebraica, the collection includes books of hours, early European and Middle Eastern manuscripts, Japanese manuscripts, and original drafts of classic twentieth-century literary works such as Catch-22.

Special Collections houses a number of archival collections that document important areas of study, primarily in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: American and European political leaders and social reformers; the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Jewish resistance to persecution; conflicts in the United States and abroad; Jewish-American and émigré writers, composers, and performing artists; left- and right-wing movements in the United States and Europe; and Zionism.

Special Collections is also the repository of important artistic, photographic, and periodical collections. In addition to housing one of the world's largest collections of Honore Daumier lithographs, the department is home to the Carl Van Vechten photograph collection, the Spanish Civil War and World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters collections, and the Dime Novel collection.

Repository type: University Special Collection

Collections:

University lecture recordings

 

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