University of Delaware

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Morris Library

181 College Avenue
Newark, DE 19717-5267
302-831-2229 voice
302-831-1046 fax

The Special Collections reading room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Hours are adjusted around the University of Delaware academic calendar and University holidays, so please confirm the University of Delaware library hours before traveling to visit the library.

Library hours are also available at + 1 (302) 831-2665.

  • Director, Special Collections and Museums
  • Special Collections Department
    • Timothy D. Murray (PACSCL rep), Librarian and Head, Special Collections Department, (302) 831-6952,
    • Timothy English, Library Assistant III, (302) 831-2229,
    • Alexander Johnston, Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Books and Printed Materials, (302) 831-2293,
    • Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, (302) 831-3250,
    • Curtis Small, Jr., Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Public Services, (302) 831-6518,
    • Valerie Stenner, Library Assistant II, (302) 831-2229,
  • Manuscripts and Archives Department
    • John Caldwell, Senior Assistant Librarian and Political Papers Archivist, (302) 831-6293,
    • Dustin Frohlich, Library Assistant III, (302) 831-4531,
    • Jaime Margalotti, Associate Librarian and Archival Description Librarian, (302) 831-0554,
    • L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Librarian and Curator of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., senatorial papers, (302) 831-6089, 
  • Museums
    • Janet Gardner Broske, Collections Manager, (302) 831-1043,
    • Peggy Douglas, Administrative Assistant III, (302) 831-8037,
    • Sharon Fitzgerald, Curator II, Mineralogical Museum, (302) 831-6557, 
    • Brian Kamen, Preparator and Facilities Coordinator, (302) 831-6027,
    • Ashley Rye-Kopec, Curator of Education and Outreach, (302) 831-8047,

Holdings of the Special Collections of the University of Delaware Library include approximately 200,000 books, serials, and other printed items, nearly 10,000 linear feet of manuscripts, as well as significant collections of historic maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. The collections complement the Library's general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; French, English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; the history of printing and publishing; horticulture and landscape design; and the history of science and technology. The University of Delaware Archives is separately administered and comprises university records and history of the institution.

Finding aids for manuscript collections can be accessed directly at:  The finding aids are transitioning to a new site at: Until the transition is complete, the new site may be missing some of the older finding aid content.  The Library's digital collections can be found at:

The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is associated with the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library. The collection, housed in the Morris Library, focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s. Its holdings comprise over 9,500 first and other editions (including many signed and association copies), manuscripts, letters, works on paper, and ephemera. Please note that only a small portion of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is listed in the DELCAT Discovery catalog.

The University Museums oversees the University’s collections of art and minerals, as well as three exhibition spaces: Mechanical Hall Gallery, Old College Gallery, and the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall. Changing exhibitions feature works and specimens from the collections in addition to objects loaned from collectors and institutions.  Educational programming provides opportunities for individuals and classes to learn about the objects and their broader cultural significance. 

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