About Special Collections
Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to rare and unique scholarly resources [for the University of Miami community]. Officially founded in 1978, Special Collections serves as a scholarly resource for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Miami, and local, regional, national, and international scholars and researchers.
Special Collections houses an outstanding array of scholarly resources [for use by the University of Miami community] including collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, prints, broadsides, posters, audio-visual materials, newspapers and journals, and other research materials.
Special Collections now maintains approximately 50,000 rare books and publications; 500 manuscript and archival collections (representing 10,500 linear feet of materials); 100,000 photographs; 5,000 maps; and 2,000 architectural drawings to support the teaching and research interests of faculty and students.