Distinctive Collections

In addition to our collection of books and journals supporting the research and teaching needs of the Schools of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, Tisch Library houses a number of distinctive collections.

Rare Books & Manuscripts in Tisch Special Collections 

Our small but growing rare book and manuscript collection in Tisch Special Collections features a representative history of the book in the West. Highlights include early printed books, Medieval manuscripts, a collection of 19th century American pamphlets, a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, works of early modern science and medicine, personal libraries (e.g. Hosea Ballou, the Ritter music history collection, Bolles' English history), and several books published by the Aldine Press.   

Contemporary Art Books & Artists’ Books in the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts 

A branch of Tisch Library, the library at the SMFA houses an extensive collection of books related to art, with particular focus on global art made since 1960 and strong holdings of image-rich exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, and theoretical texts.  Zines, graphic novels, DVDs about art,  and a growing collection of artists’ books from around the world are some of the gems of the library at the SMFA. 

Tufts Scholarship in the Tufts Digital Library 

The Tufts Digital Library includes collection of student and faculty work created at Tufts.  Includes theses and dissertations from masters and doctoral students; undergraduate honor’s theses; open access scholarship published by Tufts faculty and students, including some pre-prints, working papers, and technical reports; and more. 

Digital Exhibits 

Highlights of Tisch Library collections can be seen on the exhibits.tufts.edu portal.  Student scholarship featuring works drawn from Tisch collections can be viewed on Omeka

Web Archives  

Tisch Library has a project to archive web content using the Internet Archive’s “Archive It” service. The pilot project focuses on environmental justice websites and blogs. 

 Music Collections at the Lilly Music Library 

The music library supports the curricular and research needs of the Department of Music.  In addition to books and magazines about music, the Lilly Music Library collects scores for performance and research, and sound recordings (CDs and LPs) covering all major genres and styles from around the world.  

 Government Publications 

Tisch Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1899.  Collection of government publications is selective and focuses on the curricular and research strengths of Tufts students and faculty. 

 Additional Collections at Tufts 

  • GeoData @ Tufts – spatial and numerical datasets, searchable through a map interface. 
  • Digital Collections & Archives – particular collecting strengths related to environmental justice organizations (e.g. Center for Health and Environmental Justice/Love Canal) and personal papers of Rubin “the Hurricane” Carter and Edward R. Murrow, and the archives of the Mobius artist group.   
  • Edwin Ginn Library at the Fletcher School – collections focus on international relations, diplomacy, treaties, development 
  • Hirsh Health Sciences Library – collections focus on medical, dental, and biomedical studies, includes a small special collections 
  • Perseus Digital Library – one of the most important digital scholarship projects, a collection of classical texts covering the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world 
  • Webster Family Library – largest collection of clinical veterinary medicine literature and resources in New England; includes the John A. Seaverns Equine Collection of 6000 books on horses