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Archives & Special Collections: General Information

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.

Manuscript Collections - 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.

Archives -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.

Contact Information

Patrice Kane
Head of Archives and Special Collections

Vivian Shen
Preservation and Conservation Librarian


9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Finding Aids

98% of the rare books are cataloged in the on-line database. Shelf lists and inventories are available in the department for all uncataloged items.

Access Policy

The Department of Archives and Special Collections is open to the Fordham community and research scholars. Items do not circulate. Research rooms are available for on-site study. Briefcases, books and coats are to be checked in the department's lockers. Only laptops and pencils are permitted in the research room. Photocopies can be made only with the permission of the librarian.

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