Holdings in these fields are to be found across the department's collections. These collections are of particular significance:
Robert Dechert Collection: European travel writing, exploration narratives, and some Native literature of the Americas, with strong holdings in French Americana, 19th-century American western exploration, and the writings of Bartolomé de Las Casas.
Caroline F. Schimmel Fiction Collection of Women in the American Wilderness: Over 6,000 works by women writing from, and about, the Americas (North, South, and Central), in many genres, from the 17th to the 21st centuries.
Berendt-Brinton Linguistic Collection: This significant collection of linguistic materials primarily centers on the indigenous languages of Central America, although a few manuscripts in it are from North America.