Collection Highlights

This section features new acquisitions and highlights from our Rare Book and Special Poetry collections. Posts here are intended to familiarize users of Archives & Special Collections' resources with the range of materials within its holdings and announce new acquisitions.

These posts will serve as an introduction to individual works demonstrating their applicability accross academic disciplines. 

As opposed to a static exhibit, posts will be added to Collection Highlights on a regular basis. Posts found here will also be featured as content in the news feed.

Cover page of Upham's "Salem Witchcraft"

Upham, Charles W., Salem Witchcraft with an Account of Salem Village and A History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects, Vol. 1, Part 1, (Boston: Wiggin and Lunt, 1867)

Call number: BF1576.U56 1867

An early work in the historiography of Salem witchcraft, written by Charles Wentworth Upham, Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts and later Representative from Massachusetts and member of the U.S. Senate. This book would be useful for the study of the Salem witch trials, which Upham revisits after nearly two hundred years. It is a part of ARC's collection to support research in women's and gender studies, history, and religion.


Title: L'ornement polychrome : deux cent vingt planches en couleur or et argent contenant environ 4,000 motifs de tous les styles, art ancien et asiatique, moyen age, renaissance, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : recueil historique et pratique / publié sous la direction de A. Racinet, avec des notices explicatives et une introduction générale.

Author: Auguste Racinet

Call number: NK1530 .R33 1888

Title page of Racinet's L'Ornement PolychromeColour plate from Racinet's L'Ornement Polychrome


La Royalle chymie de Crollius. Traduite en français par J. Marcel de Boulene. [Suivi de] Traicte des Signatures, ou vraye et vive Anatomie du grand & petit monde.

Author: Oswald Croll

Library Call Number: QD27 .C76 1624

Page from La Royalle chymie de Crollius


Histoire des Jouets is a wonderful book on the toys and games of children, including sections on dolls, wagons, soldiers, marionettes, automatons and magic lanterns, hundreds of text illustrations, many reproduced from works of art or caricatures, 102 color plates. Lg. 4to. Illustrated boards with striking Art Nouveau design. Text is in French.

Cover of Histoire des JouetsPage from Histoire des Jouets