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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections
at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Rare Books Collection


Contact the Curator

Melissa Watterworth
Curator for Literary and Natural History Collections

Archives & Special Collections
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut Libraries
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205

Phone: 860.486.4508
Fax: 860.486.4521
Email: melissa.watterworth@lib.uconn.edu Rare Books Collection


Gaines Collection of Americana    Finding Aid

undated, 1786-1981
6.5 linear feet
Manuscripts and correspondence.
Collection Number: MSS 1977-0002

This portion of the collection includes correspondence, petitions, legal documents, receipts, reports concerning such issues as the slave trade, Quakers, taxes, state of the Treasury, etc. The documents were issued by the federal government (Congress) and the States (or Commonwealths of) of Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, and Georgia. Other materials in the collection include manuscripts of his historical and bibliographical publications, correspondence with fellow collectors and librarians concerning his collecting activities and inventories and notes on items in his collections. The book and pamphlet collections have been removed and catalogued individually. Please check HOMER for call numbers.


Italian Risorgimento Collection    Finding Aid

1650-1918
150 linear feet
Books, broadsides, pamphlets, periodicals.
Collection Number: MSS 1998-0312

The Italian Risorgimento Collection is comprised of broadsides, pamphlets, books and periodicals from the period of the unification of Italy, 1789 to 1879, with some documents dating as early as 1650.