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Distinctive Collections


ASU Library's collections of rare and unique materials include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, historical newspapers, realia, architectural drawings, materials related to ASU’s history, and much more. Our major collections document the peoples and places of the Southwest Region. We also have collections that provide a window into the history and cultures of North America, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

ASU Library's specialized materials staff is committed to providing access to everyone who is interested in learning about our collections.


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