Collection Development Policy:
W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Mission statement of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections:
The mission of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is to build, promote, and make accessible collections and research materials that broadly support the research, teaching and learning of Faculty and students of The University of Alabama
Collection Policy Statement
The Hoole Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections acquires published materials, and manuscript material, as well as materials in all other formats in order to serve the research and teaching needs of The University of Alabama’s faculty and students.
Collections are built with attention to all formats, with a greatest emphasis placed on unique or scarce materials of enduring historical and cultural value. Materials are acquired through donation and purchase.
All materials in the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library are non-circulating. The Hoole Library is a closed-stacks repository, and all materials are retrieved for patrons by library staff.
Collection Development Priorities and foci under the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections:
- All print collections officially designated as “rare books” or those physically located under that rubric
- African American cookbooks (Lupton African-American Cookbook Collection) and other culinary materials, especially Alabama-related
- Materials under the rubric of “Gender Studies” (GLBTQ history and culture)
- Alcohol and Addiction Studies (Smith Collection)
- Literary print collections and archives of literary journals, especially Alabama authors and journals
- Published materials, including foreign editions by Alabama authors
- Textile collections (Hall-Swem American Quilts Collection)
- Publishers’ Bindings/Decorative bindings of the 19th and early 20th centuries (ie. Richard Minsky Collection)
- Book Arts and Artists’ Books, as well as materials that support the history and study of the book
- Popular Culture Collections (ie. Selesky Comics Collection, ‘Zines, Science Fiction, Mystery, etc.)
- University of Alabama student publications (Corolla, Crimson-White, Rammer Jammer, etc.)
- Literary manuscripts and other literary collections, including theater-related collections
- Recorded music, sheet music, & manuscript collections of composers, musicians, music scholars
- Photographic material relating to any of the above related collections
The Hoole Library’s department of Rare Books and Special Collections also may seek materials in support of and to complement current collection strengths, such as those indicated above, as well as:
All gifts and transfer requests to the Hoole Library’s department of Rare Books and Special Collections require the prior approval of the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections.
The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library’s department of Rare Books and Special Collections, working with the Associate Dean for Collections and collection development librarians, will hold and be responsible for newly purchased materials requested by a UA faculty member or administrator, any item that supports the curricular and research needs of The University of Alabama which meet one or more of the following criteria: a.) published before 1825; b.) valued at more than $500.00; c.) held by five or fewer OCLC libraries; or d.) physical condition e.) physical format.
Approved by the Associate Dean for Collections, October 26, 2010