Welcome to Special Collections

Special Collections includes library materials in various formats, including books, manuscripts, prints, broadsides, maps, ephemera and memorabilia. Thirty-three individual special collections enrich humanities study and encourage scholarly inquiry at Adelphi and the larger academic community. Among the notable special collections are: William Hone, William Cobbett, Stoelzer, Children’s Illustrated Literature, Cuala Press, DePol, Expatriate, Small Press, Spanish Civil War, Panama Canal, and Whitman.

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Adelphi Authors Collection
The Adelphi Authors Collection has almost 400 titles by faculty, administration, alumni, staff and students.
Adelphi Buildings Collection
Ever wonder what Adelphi looked like 50 years ago? This image collection includes architectural photographs, drawings and maps of many of the Adelphi buildings we know today.
Adelphi Newspapers Collection
This extensive collection of newspapers from 1921-2003 features many early Adelphi publications, as well as the University’s current newspaper, the Delphian.
Adelphi Oracle Yearbooks Collection
Take a walk down memory lane as you turn the pages of our Oracle yearbooks. They date from 1904-2012 and are all about students, faculty and administration, activities, clubs, sports and campus events.
Adelphiana Collection
The Adelphiana Collection encompasses over 300 cataloged titles relating to the history of the University
Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
The collection is mainly comprised of administrative and educational papers. It also holds publications produced by the society as well as publications and research proposals submitted by members of the Adelphi chapter.
Americana Collection
The Americana Collection of over 1400 titles includes books, pamphlets, newspapers and more covering U.S. history from colonial times to the present.
Barbara Andres Collection
The Barbara Andres Collection contains materials from different stages of Andres’s career, particularly her relationship with Ruth St. Denis.
Dorothea Austin Papers
This collection contains sheet music of compositions by the late Dorothea Austin-Banner. The collection contains some of her autograph scores, full scores, and instrumental parts of scores as well as two pamphlets from performances either involving her music or direction.
William Blake Collection
The Hugo and Florentina Leipniker William Blake Collection was established by Florentina Caras Leipniker '07.
Frank D. Blodgett Collection
The Frank D. Blodgett Collection contains materials relating to his 23 years as president of Adelphi College.
Children's Illustrated Literature Collection
Launched by the Friends of the Adelphi Library, the Children's Illustrated Literature Collection focuses on the Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration (1860-1930s) and illustrated literature from other periods.
William Cobbett Collection
The C. Rexford Davis William Cobbett Collection has about 400 cataloged titles on the English parliamentarian, pamphleteer, and radical William Cobbett (1763-1835).
Cuala Press Collection
The Cuala Press Collection has over 100 titles of poetry and includes plays, broadside ballad sheets, music, and ephemera printed by Dun Emer Press and Cuala Press.
Dachau Concentration Camp Collection
The Dachau Concentration Camp Photograph collection contain 51 photographs taken by the War Crimes Investigation Team 6823 after the liberation of the concentration camp at the end of April 1945.
Dr. Henry Drysdale Dakin Collection
The Dr. Henry Drysdale Dakin Collection consists of science titles from the libraries of Dakin (biochemist, 1880-1952) and Dr. Christian A. Herter (physician and biochemist, 1865-1910)
John DePol Collection
The John DePol Collection includes beautifully illustrated books, prints, ephemera, and secondary sources by and about an exemplary practitioner of wood engraving.
Derner Alumni Collection
This Collection showcases work by graduates of Adelphi’s prestigious doctoral program in psychology.
Expatriate Collection
The Expatriate Collection includes over 200 titles by and related to American expatriate writers such as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and T. S. Eliot.
Horace Hagedorn Papers
The Horace Hagedorn Papers contain correspondence, audio-visual, photographs, and materials relating to his company Stern’s Garden Products (later renamed Scotts Miracle-Gro after the merger in 1995).
Gerhart Hauptmann Collection
The Siegfried H. Muller Gerhart Hauptmann Collection contains about 250 titles and papers by and about Gerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946).
Alice Hoffman Papers
Papers of American writer Alice Hoffman (1952- ), including literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio-visual materials, personal papers, printed matter and promotional material.
William Hone Collection
The Helene and Josephine Lewinsohn William Hone Collection includes over 500 published titles and over 300 manuscript items by, about, and associated with William Hone (1780-1842).
Joliet Prison Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs taken by unidentified inmates of the Joliet Correctional Center taken around 1900-1915.
Sergeant Harry Koehler World War II Letters
This collection consists of 69 letters (and two envelopes without letters) written between 1943 and 1945 by Sgt. Harry Koehler to his parents living in East Hempstead, New York while serving in the US military during WWII.
Kraus-Boelte Early Childhood Education Collection
The Kraus-Boelte Early Childhood Education Collection honors Maria Kraus-Boelte (1836-1918), who helped create kindergarten and the profession of kindergarten teaching in the U.S.
Grover Cleveland Loening Collection
Grover Cleveland Loening (1888-1976), aeronautical engineer and author, was the first person awarded an aeronautical engineering degree in the United States.
Long Island Collection
The Long Island Collection contains over 350 titles of local historical interest, including town records, community histories, and material on local Indian tribes.
Carolyn McCarthy Papers
Photographs, papers, and objects collected by Carolyn McCarthy during her 18 years as a member of the House of Representatives.
Robert R. McMillan Collection
The Robert R. McMillan Political and Presidential Letters and Memorabilia Collection consists of material related to his political career..
Mildred Montag Collection
The Mildred Montag collection contains a variety of materials that belonged to Mildred Montag, nursing educator and founder of the Adelphi College School of Nursing, and range in date from 1860 to 2002 with the bulk of materials dated between 1942 and 1981.
Modern Chapbook Collection
The Modern Chapbook Collection consists primarily of poetry chapbooks but also includes broadsides and book-lengthy volumes from different presses.
Christopher Morley Collection
The Christopher Morley Collection includes over 250 novels, poetry, essays, plays, and printed ephemera relating to Christopher Morley (1890-1957).
New York City Collection
The New York City Collection has over 240 titles, including monographs and records, with an emphasis on New York City in the 19th century.
New York State Collection
The New York State Collection contains over 140 titles pertaining to the State that focus on the its culture and history.
Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection
The Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection focuses on Dr. Ormont’s literary career as a playwright and includes manuscripts, academic papers, play programs, and more.
Louis R. Ormont Psychology Collection
The Louis R. Ormont Psychology Collection consists largely of his publications on group therapy and also includes handwritten notes, research materials, and more.
Aimee Ornstein Collection
The Aimee Ornstein Memorial Library of Banking and Money Management has about 100 Special Collections titles on the early history of banking in the United States.
Panama Canal Collection
The Robert R. McMillan Panama Canal Collection includes over 80 books in addition to papers, photographs, and memorabilia.
Robert G. Payton Papers
Professor Robert G. Payton (1929-2007) was a distinguished scholar and academic. This collection contains Prof. Payton’s extensive handwritten notes, authored and co-authored journal articles, as well as many journal articles by other scholars in the field of mathematics.
Rare Book Collection
The Rare Book Collection contains about 2000 rare, expensive, fragile, and other special titles not shelved in the main stacks.
Marie Beynon Ray Collection
This collection consists of the six typed manuscripts written by self-help author Marie Beynon Ray.
Ruth St. Denis Collection
This collection consists primarily of books and manuscripts of Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968), the founder of the dance department at Adelphi.
Small Press Collection
The Donald V. L. Kelly Small Press Collection gathers limited edition and letterpress publications, facsimile editions, related examples of fine printing, and secondary sources to support research.
Spanish Civil War Collection
The Sandor Voros Spanish Civil War collection contains materials directly related to the Spanish Civil War and offers insight into the life of Voros.
Richard Stoelzer Collection
The Richard Stoelzer Chamber Music Collection consists of musical scores, manuscripts, and a number of rare stringed musical instruments used by Stoelzer’s chamber group.
Dr. Gertrud B. Ujhely Collection
Contains various papers presented, published and unpublished by Dr. Gertrud B. Uhjhely, former director of the Adelphi University Graduate Psychiatric Nursing Program.
Walt Whitman Collection
Former Adelphi Professor Emory Holloway (1885-1977), author of Whitman: An Interpretation in Narrative, provided the core of The Walt Whitman Collection.
Timothy L. Woodruff Papers
The Hugh Allen Ward and Winifred Alling Ward Keith Collection of the Papers of Timothy L. Woodruff (1858-1913) covers early 20th century New York and U.S. and the early history of Adelphi College.
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