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Special Collections

Special Collections

Special Collections

Nazareth's archives and library houses a variety of special collections that may assist in your research.

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Nazareth College houses a variety of special collections which may be of interest to patrons.  The collections below are organized by the space in which they reside in the library.


The Rosemary Courtney Autograph Collection includes a variety of autographs, letters and index cards collected by Rosemary Courtney from various famous celebrities, writers and political figures.

Reading Room

The reading room itself sits under the grandeur of the Saint Jerome Window, which has great artistic and historical value. Within the reading room are several small collections devoted to the prominent 20th century writer after which they are named.

1) Chesterton Collection -- English essayist and novelist, Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

2) Belloc Collection -- Anglo-French author Hilaire Belloc, a close associate of Chesterton.

3) Sitwells Collection -- English poets and critics, Edith, Osbert and Scheverell Sitwell.

4) Baring Collection -- English dramatist, poet and novelist, Maurice Baring

Children's Literature Room and Young Adult Collection

The children's literature room holds a substantial collection of fiction and non-fiction children's books. A further special collection housed within the room is the Christmas Tree Collection, literature focusing on Christmas and holiday themes donated by the late Professor Barbara A. Davis. Our young adult fiction titles are shelved in the reference area, outside the children's literature room.

Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room houses books of exceptional value or limited holdings and availability.  Within this room there is a section devoted to Nazareth College Faculty, Staff and Student Publications, and the Courtney Collection and Journals. (The Courtney Collection includes the Courtney Journals are house separately from the Courtney Autograph collection (non-book items) listed above. Many of these books do however contain autographs).

Browsing Lounge

The Browsing Lounge houses two popular collections. NazFlix is a a circulating collection of popular DVD titles that has been developed for the recreational needs of the college community. The McNaughton Collection is a subscription service that delivers new and highly sought after popular titles.

Thomas Merton Room

 The Thomas Merton Room houses a collection of books, tapes, videos and letters, focusing on and around the works of  Thomas Merton. Access to the Thomas Merton Letters are available by appointment.

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