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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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Our team

The Distinctive Collections and Archives team consists of librarians and archivists who have extensive disciplinary knowledge to help students, researchers and members of the community interested in our collections. Our team also has specialized training in the selection, description and specialized care of rare and unique historical materials.

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