J.R.R. Tolkien Collection

The collection of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973), professor of Old and Middle English language and literature at Oxford University, 1925-1959, contains the original manuscripts and multiple working drafts for three of the authors most celebrated books. The Hobbit (1937), Farmer Giles of Ham (1949), and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), as well as the original copy of the children's book Mr. Bliss (published in facsimile form in 1962). The collection includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals produced by Tolkien enthusiasts, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien's life, fantasy writings, and the fandom that sprang up around his legendarium.

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Native America Collections

Post-Columbian collections encompassing Indians' Indigenous peoples of North, South and Central America, the bulk of which pertain to the Catholic Church and Native American people in the United States since 1874.

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Dorthy Day Catholic Worker Collection

The papers of Dorthy Day contain her correspondence (largely incoming) with family members, friends, and associates; appointment calendars and notebooks; diaries' and retreat notes; manuscripts of articles and books; correspondence and press accounts concerning speaking engagements and other public activities; articles she wrote for non-Catholic Worker publications; and writings about her.

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Additional Collections

In addition to those listed above, Special Collections and University Archives has many additional collections. The A-Z list is a comprehensive index of all processed manuscript collections and university records maintained by the department.

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