The Department of Archives and
Special Collections houses the rare book collection of the Walsh Library,
manuscript collections and the archives of the University. In addition the
department operates a preservation lab for the restoration of books and documents.
Rare Books and Special Collections - includes rare printed books from 1473 to the present; handwritten manuscripts; the
St John's Collection from Fordham's first library; the McLees Collection of Gaelic language books; the McGarry Collection of crime;
miniature books; elephant folios; the Fordham Collection and the Jesuit Collection. In addition there are new collections; the
World Trade Center Collection, the Bronx African American History Archive; Miscellaneous Plays; early American printed books &
pamphlets; and the Marie & Otto Maurer Mystery Collection.
- Classical and Medieval fragments and deeds, personal papers of New York
Governor Malcolm Wilson; social welfare activist, James Dumpson; Xavier
Labor School papers of Fr. Philip Carey S.J. and Fr. John Corridan S.J.;
Nobel prize winning scientist, Victor Hess and American Revolutionary war
buff, Charles Allen Munn. The Munn Collection includes the drawings of the
artist John Trumbull.
-The repository for University records from 1841 to present; Board of Trustees
minutes, commencement programs, yearbooks, college catalogs, blueprints,
photographs, correspondence and office files relevant to the history of
the University. The collection also contains research papers of various
Jesuit scholars affiliated with the University.