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English and American Literature in Library Special Collections


Library Special Collections holdings include a wide variety of literary rare books, as well as manuscripts and archival collections relating to specific authors and poets.  While materials representing a broad spectrum of periods and genres may be found, the principal collecting areas are nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American literature.

Quick tips

  • Visit UC Search to search by author, title, or keyword.  If you have too many search results, try more specific search terms or limiting your search by date to find a specific edition. 
  • Search the Online Archive of California (OAC) for archival material, such as the papers of John Fante or Susan Sontag.
  • Significant literature holdings can also be found at our affiliated library, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, with particular strengths in English literature and history (1641-1800), Oscar Wilde, and fine printing. Clark materials are also discoverable in UC Search.