Special Collections & University Archives

Book Collections

Special Collections manages the rare book collections of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries. The subject matter of this extensive collection covers a wide range of topics including the Fugitive and Agrarian literary groups, American Civil War, Southern literature and civilization, performing arts, Vanderbilt University history, George Peabody College history, Meso-American codices, and religion. Due to the size of some of the collections, many of them are stored off-site.

Individual titles in these collections can be located by either searching Acorn, the Vanderbilt library catalog, or by searching the library's new discover tool, DiscoverLibrary. To request a title, click on the "Request Item" button in the catalog record. 

Book Collections

Karl and Jill Brussel Collection
Donald Davidson Collection
Donald Davie Collection
Joachim Dyck Collection
Mary Margaret and John L. Farringer, Jr. Collection
Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection
Stanley F. Horn Collection
Memorabilia Collection
George Peabody College Collection
Peter Pauper Press Collection
Nettie Hale Rand Collection of Fine Binding and Printing
John Crowe Ransom Collection
Grantland Rice Collection
Harris D. Riley, Jr. Civil War Collection
Fred Russell Collection
Sevier Collection
Vernon Sharp Collection
Robert Stempfel/John Updike Collection
Frances Newman Thomson Collection of Southern Literature
Vanderbilt Collection
Jesse Ely Wills/Fugitive and Agrarian Collection
Jesse Ely Wills/Native American Collection
Frank C. Wilson/Thomas Wolfe Collection
Parkhurst and Jane Wood Bridge Book and Periodical Collection

Items of note in these collections include:
The Nuremberg Chronicle : A Facsimile of Hartmann Schedel's Buch der Chroniken, printed by Anton Koberger in 1493 (1979)
James Joyce's Ulysses signed by the author, 1922
Codex Nuttall
The Matrix: A Review for Printers and Bibliophiles
Robert Burns' Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect bound by Bayntun of Bath in full blue crushed levant, finished with leaf and thistle inlaid around a hand-painted miniature of    Robert and Mary Burns, 1787