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Major collections include:
Alabama Maps. An important subset of this group, The Warner Map Collection, contains over sixty very fine examples of 16th, 17th and 18th century cartography. The earliest of these is a 1585 Ortelius map of the world that clearly outlines the southeastern portion of what is now the United States. Another important component of this collection is an extensive set of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Alabama.
Additional collections include:
Book Arts, which is a part of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alabama.
Confederate Imprints CollectionThe Confederate Imprints Collection is now housed in the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, located on the third floor of Gorgas Library. Over 1100 Confederate Imprints produced during the Civil War within the Confederate States can be found in this collection. Please note that all of these items have been cataloged to include their Parrish and Willingham number.
John Crowley CollectionA gift of English professor, John Crowley, the foci of this collection includes American literature, American humor, and the literary works of specific authors, including John O’Hara.
Rucker Agee CollectionA gift of Rucker Agee, this collection includes materials relating to the history and culture of Alabama.
Lafcadio Hearn CollectionThe Hearn Collection includes rare and early editions by the author, translator, and scholar, Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904).
Robinson Jeffers CollectionThe Jeffers Collection focuses on the works of the American poet, Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).
Richard Minsky CollectionThis collection of late 19th and early 20th century American books were assembled for their exquisite decorated covers. The entirety of the collection was included in the digital project, Publishers’ Bindings Online.
Sir Walter Scott Collection
This collection includes first editions and other early editions of the works of the beloved Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). Scott invented the historical romance genre which, when adapted to fit American culture, came to dominate Southern arts and letters throughout Reconstruction and up through the early decades of the twentieth century.
- Poetry — Ballads and Lyrical Pieces (1806), Harold the Dauntless: A Poem in Six Cantos (1817), Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field (1808), Rokeby: A Poem (1813), The Field of Waterloo: A Poem (1815), The Lady of the Lake: A Poem (1810), The Lay of the Last Minstrel: A Poem (1805), The Lord of the Isles: A Poem (1815), The Vision of Don Roderick: A Poem (1811)
- Fiction — Chronicles of the Canongate (1827), Chronicles of the Canongate, Second Series (1828), Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer (1815), Ivanhoe: A Romance (1820), Peveril of the Peak (1822), St. Ronan’s Well (1824), The Antiquary (1816), The Monastery: A Romance (1820), The Pirate (1822)
- Non-Fiction — Religious Discourses (1828), Tales of a Grandfather; Being Stories Taken from Scottish History, Second Series (1829), The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French, With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution (1827)