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Special Collections at The University of Iowa Libraries includes rare books; manuscript material ranging from an 11th Century tablet to contemporary correspondence; historic maps and atlases; book arts and fine printing; culinary, sci-fi, Dada, zine, and avant-garde collections; children's books, Iowa authors, important photographic collections; documents of women's history and the University; and more.

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Special Collections, as part of the University of Iowa Libraries, advances direct engagement in learning, research, and creative work through providing staff expertise and exceptional collections on our campus and worldwide. We acquire, preserve, and make available primary sources in many areas and across many disciplines and historical periods. We nourish creative research, learning, and teaching for a broad audience. We emphasize the artefactual nature of our materials, but encourage additional interaction with them by providing digitized versions.


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