Searching for Special Collections materials in OneSearch

To search for rare book items held in SC&A, type in keywords in the OneSearch box on the library's home page and select "Wesleyan Books & Media."

You can then narrow the results specifically to SC&A using the facets (categories) on the left side of the screen.  Under "Library," select "WU - Special Collections & Archives."  There are also options to limit to even more specific collections within SC&A under "Location/Collection," such as Artists' Books, the Middletown Collection, the Beales Collection, and several others.

Other facets available include Publication/Creation Date (as a date range), Material Type (book, serial, music score, map, and so on), Language, Availability, etc.

To use the same filters throughout a search session, click the left hand side of the "Active filter" bubbles at the top of the facets and a lock will appear. 

Materials that are part of a specific collection can often be searched by the collection name, for example, the "Kallir Family Collection", or the "Nathan Comfort Starr Collection of Arthuriana." Simply type the phrase, including the quotation marks, as a keyword search.

Some of our collections that allow for such collection-name searching include:

Many rare book catalog records describe unique characteristics of the books, including provenance (bookplates, inscriptions, former owners), physical characteristics (vellum bindings, leather ties, Yapp edges), and so forth.  Many of these terms can be searched as keywords.

Please contact the staff of Special Collections & Archives with specific research inquiries, if you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, or have any other questions.  Some materials in SC&A are not yet fully cataloged or described, and the staff can help provide access to them.