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Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library comprises

The rare book and manuscript collections:
The Henry Charles Lea Library collects primary materials for the study of the late medieval and early modern period.
The Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection in the History of Chemistry is devoted to the history of chemistry and collects broadly in that field, emphasizing periods prior to 1850.
And the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library is devoted to the study of Shakespeare and of Tudor and Stuart dramatists who were his contemporaries.

The department holds over 250,000 printed books, over 10,000 linear feet of manuscript collections, and over 2,000 codex manuscripts, as well maps, broadsides, playbills and programs, photographs, prints and drawings, and sound recordings.