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
    • Timothy D. Murray (PACSCL rep), Librarian and Head of Special Collections, (302) 831-6952,
    • John Caldwell, Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Political Papers and Electronic Records, (302) 831-6293,
    • Timothy English, Library Assistant III, (302) 831-2229,
    • Jesse Erickson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher in Special Collections and Digital Humanities, (302) 831-8741,
    • Dustin Frohlich, Processing Archivist, (302) 831-0963,
    • Alexander Johnston, Associate Librarian and Coordinator, Books and Printed Materials, (302) 831-2293,
    • Jaime Margalotti, Associate Librarian and Coordinator, Manuscript and Archival Description, (302) 831-0554,
    • L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Coordinator of Special Projects, Manuscripts Librarian, and Curator of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., senatorial papers, (302) 831-6089, 
    • Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, (302) 831-3250,
    • Curtis Small, Jr., Ph.D., Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Public Services, (302) 831-6518,
    • Valerie Stenner, Library Assistant II, (302) 831-2229,
  • Museums
    • Amanda Zehnder, Ph.D., Chief Curator, (302) 831-4075,
    • Janet Gardner Broske, Collections Manager, (302) 831-1043,
    • Peggy Douglas, Administrative Assistant III, (302) 831-8037,
    • Sharon Fitzgerald, Ph.D., 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, Museums & Press 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 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.

There are three Museums on University of Delaware’s campus. One comprises a renowned mineralogical collection and the other two feature the art collection. Strengths of the art collection include photography, twentieth-century and contemporary American art (especially prints and work by African American artists), Inuit and Yup'ik art, and European prints. Educational programming provides opportunities for individuals and classes to learn about the objects and their broader cultural significance. 

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