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Abraham Lincoln Pardon Document. 1863

American Juvenile Collection

Architectural Library of H.T. Lindeberg

Archive of American Theatrical Programs

Archives of Arthur T. Roth

Archive of George Bernard Shaw Theatre Programs

Archive of Joan and John Digby: Private Press Publications

Archive of Joan Harrison: Ray Johnson, ABAD Archive

Archives of LIU Post / Long Island University

Archives of Samuel Beckett: Theatrical Programs, Posters, Announcements and Photographs

Archives of Shogo Myaida

Archives of Southampton College

Archives of the Joseph Cameron Cross Theatre Collection

Archive of the Long Island Book Collectors

Archives of the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association

Archives of William E. Hutton II / Joan King Chapin Families

Art Archives of William Randolph Hearst

Beat Generation Collection of Karl Otto Paetel

Bibles and Liturgical Texts

Call to Campus Authors

Cedar Swamp Historical Society Collection

Circus & Buffalo Bill Collection

Dorothy Dayton Sorzano Theatre Collection

Eugene & Carlotta O'Neill Library

Franklin B. Lord Hunting & Fishing Collection

French & Irish Literature: The Winthrop Palmer Collection

Goethe Letter

Henry James Collection

Howard P. Gordon History of Opera and Musical Theatre

Illuminated Manuscripts, Exact Facsimiles

Original Movie Poster Research Collection

Rare Book Collection

Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection

Underhill Collection

Walt Whitman Lithograph Collection

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Wilde, Oscar. Poems. London: Elkin Matthews & John Lane, 1892. (99/220 copies). Signed by the author.
Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections is a repository for a multitude of materials contained in a great variety of formats: books, manuscripts, correspondence, journals, photographs, posters, maps, original drawings, theatre programs, archival documents, and other materials.

Access to these materials by faculty, students and guest scholars is encouraged, but comes with necessary restrictions. These items can only be used in the Rare Book Room under departmental regulations. Please phone or e-mail ahead for an appointment.

We are located in room 345 on the second floor of the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, in the south wing next to the Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

Described below are some of the many rare and notable holdings of the Special Collections Department.

Abraham Lincoln Pardon Document. 1863

The American Juvenile Collection (AJC)
Initiated in 1976 by Professor Diana L. Spirt, Ph.D., (Emerita) of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, to provide a research collection of children's fiction, folklore, and fairy tales printed in North America, covering the years 1910-1960. There is an extensive Reference Collection, as well as some children's books in foreign languages.

The AJC retains a few children's books, published before 1910, that were gathered by Christine Gilbert, a former professor of the Palmer School.

Highlighting Selected Authors/Illustrators from the American Juvenile Collection.

The AJC Archival Collections
These archival collections contain research materials of authors' and illustrators' correspondence, illustrations, photographs, childrens book editors' correspondences, galley proofs, dummy copies, and miscellaneous ephemera. These archival collections demonstrate the importance of donating. The materials are now assured to help increase the body of knowledge in the field by adding a permanent record that is available electronically to the student, researcher and interested person.

We encourage anyone to donate a single, multiple or estate collection of books and materials, such as manuscripts, letters, illustrations, photos of authors or illustrators covering the AJC's time period of 1910-1960 that deserve a permanent home. We hope you contact us in the American Juvenile Collection and look forward to hearing from you.

  • The Joan Hoerger Fern Place Elementary School Library "Letters to Authors Project"
    An AJC archival letter collection was donated by Mrs. Joan Hoerger, the librarian at the Fern Place Elementary School, Plainview, New York. It represents a library class project designed to encourage reading. Each student wrote a letter to her/his favorite author. 35 authors/illustrators from Joy Adamson to Carol Beach York responded warmly to the pupils. These letters are illustrated in many instances and include brochures and photos from authors/illustrators who were popular with elementary school age children.

    Each of the following archival letters is described briefly and listed under the authors/illustrators name in the following Finding Aid. We suggest that you also browse the AJC Collection's database.

  • The Saidie Scudder Archival Collection
    The Saidie Scudder Archival Collection was donated in 1988 by Saidie E. Scudder, 1907 - 2001 and her older sister Hazel L., who died in 1990. Their parents, P. Halstead and Sarah Townsend Scudder, were descendents of an historical Quaker family line on Long Island, New York. The sisters were also active Quakers who in their later years were responsible for providing funding for the restoration of the old Quaker meeting house in Matinecock that had been destroyed by fire. They lived in Glen Cove, New York and were active gardeners, sharing classes in their greenhouse, as well as engaging in community projects. In their final years, they lived in Mill Neck, New York.

    The collection is from their inheritance in 1984 from the estate of a long-time friend Dorothy Marie Bryan, who was the children's book editor at Dodd, Mead & Company. The collection contains pre-publication illustrations and a variety of materials created by well known children's author-illustrators in the American Juvenile Collection's time period.

    Please enjoy researching our finding aid. For questions, please contact Diana.Spirt@liu.edu, Jarron.Jewell@liu.edu or call 516/299-2880.

Architectural Library of H.T. Lindeberg
This collection contains architectural monographs and some periodicals donated circa 1962 by Mrs. H. T. Lindeberg. New York architect Harrie T. Lindeberg's career, spanning more than forty years, won him great renown for the grand urbane country home. He retired on his estate on Long Island after World War II.

The Archive of American Theatrical Programs
This theatrical archive consists of 899 theatrical programs of plays, musicals, concerts, ballets and operas from 1942-2009. This archive includes 63 plays, written by French and Irish authors, from the "Winthrop Palmer French and Irish Literature Collection".

Archives of Arthur T. Roth
Kept in the Center for Business Research.

Archives of LIU Post / Long Island University
The department also is the official repository of archival material of Long Island University, especially LIU Post. It features a complete run of the student newspaper, Pioneer, and the student yearbook, Opticon, as well as LIU Post bulletins and class schedules, and various other documents.

  • LIU Post "WCWP" Radio Station Archives NEW!
    Art Beltrone, the first Director of the "WCWP" Radio Station on the LIU Post campus provided the impetus for Archives and Special Collections to initiate this archive in 2011 with his generous donation of the first "WCWP" radio broadcast on reel-to-reel tape. This single donation represents the importance of donating materials to an archive. New additions to the collection will continue to help increase the body of knowledge in this area and will create a permanent record that is available electronically to the student, researcher and interested person. We are currently expanding this archive in collaboration with Dan Cox, Director of the "WCWP". We welcome single and multiple donations!

         Finding Aid for LIU Post "WCWP" Radio Station Archives

  • LIU Post Archives: Finding Aid for LIU Post VHS Cassette Tapes

Archive of George Bernard Shaw Theatre Programs
Shaw's prolific outpouring of plays for some six decades are reflected in this short theatrical list of programs. It combines the records of such legendary productions as Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier's "Caesar and Cleopatra", Charles Laughton and Charles Boyer's "Don Juan in Hell" and Katherine Hepburn's "The Millionairess". These programs accompany our collection of Shaw books.

Archive of Joan and John Digby: Private Press Publications
Joan and John Digby's Archive of Private Press Publications is composed of literary, visual, contained short works that achieve an exact balance of text - poems, stories, essays and images, drawings, collages and photographs. Illustrated strictly in black-and-white, these booklets are issued in limited editions.

Archive of Joan Harrison:
Ray Johnson: ABAD Archive

Coming Soon!

Archives of Samuel Beckett: Theatrical Programs, Posters, Announcements and Photographs
This theatrical archive is part of the "Winthrop Palmer French and Irish Literature Collection". Samuel Beckett was a prominent 20th Century writer who bridges both French and Irish literatures as an Irishman whose most famous title was the French play En attendant Godot/Waiting For Godot. Beginning with Waiting For Godot, Beckett continued his avant-garde playwriting with Krapp's Last Tape, Happy Days, Endgame, and Play etc. This archive of Beckett's theatrical work starts with the first production of Waiting For Godot in London in August, 1955 and continues to the close of the 1990's.

Archives of Shogo Myaida
Landscapes architecture; photographs, blueprints, and original drawings.

Archives of the Joseph Cameron Cross Theatre Collection
The Joseph Cameron Cross Theater Collection contains over 300 letters, 50 theater programs, many Christmas cards, postcards, articles, and a great many theatrical photographs. All chronicle the time periods of the early 20th century and the 1940's and 1950's.

The letters are written by such notables as the actors Viola Allen (also a major recipient of letters) and John Gielgud; writers such as Ambrose Bierce, Booth Tarkington, and Hall Caine; the ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn; the comedian Fred Allen; and many others.

In conjunction with these letters there are photographs, both signed and unsigned, of many of these principals, and especially Viola Allen. The beautiful Miss Allen was a leading American actress circa 1890 to 1910. She played Shakespearean roles, modern comedies, and many popular plays of the day, including a dramatization of Hall Caine's novel, The Eternal City.

We are currently working on the Joseph Cameron Cross Theater Collection, and invite you to revisit this site again soon.

Selected Joseph Cameron Cross Theatre Collection Finding Aids:

The Archive of the Long Island Book Collectors
The Long Island Book Collectors (LIBC) was started by a group of avid, prominent book collectors in 1966 to "foster and encourage the study of literature, history, bibliography, and the art of bookmaking and illustration." The Special Collections Department and LIU Post Provost, Dr. Paul Forestell, have been pleased to host the LIBC on the LIU Post Campus since January, 2009. The LIBC donated their archives to Long Island University in 2011. This collection contains assorted archival items related to the on-going activity of the LIBC and contains assorted materials such as original letters and notes, original documents for the preparation of the LIBC journals, LIBC organizational minutes, books, and like items. The Long Island Book Collectors Archive will continue to expand along with the LIBC's varied activities.

Archives of the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association (MNYCCPOA)
The Archives of The Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association (MNYCCPOA) contain the organization's historical and business records dating from 1960 to present. In order to address their long term preservation needs and interest in global access for research purposes, the MNYCCPOA Board of Directors donated their expanding archive to Special Collections in Spring, 2011. MNYCCPOA is a dynamic professional organization of career service counselors from the New York Metropolitan area. Their website is http://mnyccpoa.shuttlepod.org/.

Archives of William E. Hutton II / Joan King Chapin Families
LIU Post has a special relationship with William E. Hutton II and his family. William E. Hutton II was the grandson of financier William E. Hutton and cousin of Marjorie Merriweather Post's second husband, E. F. Hutton. William E. Hutton II married Joan King Chapin in 1938. Joan Chapin was the daughter of Hudson car magnate Roy D. and his wife Inez Chapin of Michigan. William and Joan Hutton lived on a 26 acre estate adjacent to the LIU Post Campus of Long Island University from 1945-1965 at which time LIU purchased their estate. Special Collections is delighted to make this archive accessible for general and research interests.

Art Archives of William Randolph Hearst
The William Randolph Hearst archival collection of over one hundred volumes documenting the objets d'art acquired by "Citizen Kane" Hearst. These records consist of descriptive text, sales history and photographs.

Cedar Swamp Historical Society Collection
This invaluable library of books, periodicals, pamphlets, maps, historical documents, letters, flags, and other materials, was generously donated to Long Island University by the Cedar Swamp Historical Society under the auspices and direction of its former President, John G. Peterkin. Of the more than 1,100 books, the subjects range from town histories and biographies of Long Island personages (as Theodore Roosevelt) to monographs on Long Island archeology and the Long Island Railroad, from many books on Long Island shipping and family histories to writings by Long Island poets and novelists, such as Walt Whitman and Christopher Morley.

We have extensive periodical holdings such as The Long Island Forum and The Journal of Long Island History. The collection boasts such treasures as 18th century Long Island family letters and deeds, poems in manuscript by John Howard Payne, and several Revolutionary War documents. The latter were displayed in 2000 at the Nassau County Art Museum, along with several flags.

Cedar Swamp Historical Society Collection: 18th-20th Century Historical Letters. Finding Aid NEW!

Cedar Swamp Historical Society Collection: 18th-19th Century Original Land Based Documents. Finding Aid

Cedar Swamp Historical Society Collection: Long Island Places
Long Island, stretching some 120 miles from New York City into the Atlantic Ocean, is divided into four areas: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk. Within these groupings are a myriad of towns and villages, communities large and small, past and present. They are replete with histories, legends and traditions, hidden lore, persistent mysteries and local characteristics that continue to stimulate researchers. The following annotated list of articles in periodicals demonstrates the variety and depth of information available. Soon, a listing of books and pamphlets with the same local focus will be posted on this site.
Finding Aid:
Periodical Index of Long Island Articles Arranged by Location -- (In Progress)

Circus and Buffalo Bill Collection
Contains books, pamphlets, magazines, advertising posters and leaflets, photographs, pictorial cards of animals and circus people, special illustrations, and documents such as a note from P.T. Barnum.

Dorothy Dayton Sorzano Theatre Collection
Upon his death in 1993, Julio Francisco Sorzano, a long-time "Friend of the Southampton College Library", bequeathed his collection of theatrical books and periodicals to the library. The collection is dedicated to the memory of his wife who shared his life-long love of the stage.

During World War II, Mr. Sorzano helped organize Camp Shows Inc., a theatrical group that later became the U.S.O. They were responsible for sending entertainers, such as Bob Hope, to military bases throughout the world. He was a life member of "The Players", a club founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth, a pre-eminent American actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth, for those dedicated to the interests of the theater.

Eugene and Carlotta O'Neill Library
The only portion of Eugene and Carlotta O'Neill's personal library that survives as a whole.

Franklin B. Lord Hunting and Fishing Collection
Fishing and hunting books and periodicals, mainly published in the 19th Century and early 20th.

French and Irish Literature: The Winthrop Palmer Collection
Following the original strictures of Mrs. Winthrop Palmer's generous bequest to the Library, much rare Irish and French literature has been acquired. Although we have concentrated on the Nobel prize-winning avant-garde writer, Samuel Beckett, an Irishman who wrote both in French and English, we have collected rare items of many French and Irish writers, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, in a variety of literary forms. This collection has grown, in just a few years, to several thousand titles. It includes a manuscript of eighteen year-old Simone de Beauvoir, the first edition of Joyce's Ulysses, and significant rarities by Yeats, Colette, Wilde, George Moore, Shaw, French surrealist and symbolist poets, Seamus Heaney, and much more.

French and Irish Rare Materials
Searchable database of French and Irish literary materials in our collection. [Work in progress]

Irish Literature

French Literature

Goethe Letter: [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]
Framed hand-written and signed letter with portrait.

Henry James Collection -- Work in Progress

Letters in Manuscript
Six letters, five of which were written to his London publisher, William Heinemann.

Book Collection
Comprehensive in scope, containing mostly first editions. The letters and numbers following these bibliographic descriptions are the identifiers from: A Bibliography of Henry James, [by] Leon Edel and Dan H. Laurence. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1961.

Howard P. Gordon History of Opera and Musical Theatre NEW!
This distinguished and comprehensive collection was donated in December, 2012 by retired Long Island Librarian Howard P. Gordon. The collection contains over 1,200 books and magazines exploring all facets of opera and musical theatrical. These titles include histories, biographies of composers such as Guiseppe Verdi, performers, librettos, scores and more.

Bibles and Liturgical Texts
Special Collections is home to an exceptional collection of Bibles and Christian liturgical texts which present a pleasing variety of language, engraving, type style and binding. The volumes contain an impressive representation of the rich liturgical and scholastic traditions of Western Europe as well as examples from further afield.

Illuminated Manuscripts, Exact Facsimiles

The Book of Kells
The supreme achievement of Irish Celtic Art and a pre-eminent example of an illuminated manuscript.

Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry
A prayer book of exceptional quality, full of great beauty. It is a rich compendium of brilliant small paintings and it ranks among the great masterpieces of the Middle Ages.

Les heures de Turin-Milan
An illuminated prayer-book. Initially commissioned by the Duc de Berry in 1380. This work was importantly advanced by Jan van Eyck, producing his only known miniatures. It was completed by van Eyck's group of illuminators after his death. The original manuscript, which is a missal despite its title, now resides in the Museo Civico d'Arte Antica in Turin.

The Ellesmere Chaucer
From the Huntington Library of Marino, California, this manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, made soon after 1400, is the most famous of all English literary, illuminated manuscripts, featuring twenty-three portraits of the storytellers, including Chaucer himself. (The acquisition of this facsimile is especially dedicated to the memory of the late LIU Post Professor of English, Dr. Richard Griffith).

The Karl Otto Paetel Beat Generation Collection
The Karl Otto Paetel Beat Generation Collection was donated to LIU by Mrs. Paetel in May, 1975 after her husband's death. The materials in this collection belonged to Karl Otto Paetel, a German Jewish émigré who arrived in the United States in 1940 after a perilous journey fleeing Germany and the Nazis during World War II. Mr. Paetel was a prominent political journalist noted for his radical writings pre and post World War II. This collection contains many important works produced by Beat Generation authors such as William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Philip Lamantia and more in the 1950's - 1960's.

Original Movie Poster Research Collection, 1940-1962
This collection is a vivid and instructive series of images, lithograph movie posters that promote more than 6,000 movie titles produced mostly from 1940 to 1962. Some 4,000 posters, covering the years 1950-1962 were donated by Frederick Adler in 1972. Mr. Adler added approximately 1,000 more titles, concentrating on the early 1950's, in 1974. Philip Sills donated about 1,600 posters in 1974 that reflected the decade of the1940's.

Besides the obvious appeal to film students, these original movie posters should interest other academic disciplines. Art majors will be stimulated by the varying graphic design approaches of these examples of movie poster art. Business students will appreciate the marketing effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the differing ways to advertise movies. Many movies of this time period reflect the history of World War II and the Cold War. These film images are of value not only to students of history, but also to the social researcher for their shifts in mores and culture.

Original Movie Poster Research Collection by Genre
The subjects of movies as with books are categorized into general areas of similar interest or genres. The genres used herein are from a standard reference guide. As with most of our collections, we encourage donations of original movie posters providing they are within our time frame and conform to our size constraints.
Crime Movies
Science Fiction
Spy Movies
War Movies

Online Movie Posters
Top 100 available online with graphics and discriptions.

Catalogue of World War II Movie Posters, 1941-1945
Some of which were part of a special exhibit from September 23 to October 20, 2002 in the Hutchins Gallery, other areas of the LIU Post Library, and the Hillwood Art Museum.

Posters currently on display

Rare Book Collection -- Works in Progress
A miscellaneous gathering of books and journals that contain a variety of interests from literature, history and travel to politics, religion and science. Most of the items are arranged alphabetically by author, but other items are found within sub-groups.

  • John Milton Collection: John Milton (1608-1674). Pre-eminent English poet. Most of this collection was donated by Clifford Nickels Carver, 1891-1965. Among his many accomplishments, Carver was a renowned collector of bookplates.

The Printed Book : 16th and 17th Centuries:

A Selection from the Miscellaneous Oversized Rare Books Collection NEW!

Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection
This is a comprehensive collection of over 3,000 books, pamphlets and documents concerning the life, times and interests of our 26th President as well as T.R.'s rich and prolific writings. The collection was donated by the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Oyster Bay, New York in 1974.

We have created a holdings list of this entire collection for scholarly access. This site is currently available for viewing.

Underhill Collection
A collection of mostly classics of Quaker literature, sixty-four books and several issues of three serials, donated to the LIU Post library by a member of the Underhill family. Although containing predominantly 18th and 19th century publications, there are some 17th and 20th century items as well. The collection ranges from a George Fox 1674 classic and Robert Barclay's 1765 An Apology for the True Christian Divinity to a 1983 issue of the News and Views of the Underhill Society.

Walt Whitman Lithograph Collection
Framed portraits of Whitman, drawings and paintings in black and white.

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