University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
Collection Policy Manual, rev. ed
|Academic Program Support|
Special Collections supports a broad range of research and teaching in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Materials in Special Collections are collected because they hold long-term, historical research potential; possess unique physical characteristics, such as binding or printing; are seminal, original works in a relevant area of study; or are inherently rare or scarce. Particular items acquired will vary considerably according to the intrinsic qualities of the material itself, or the research needs of a particular program. Whatever the rationale -- rarity, unique physical characteristics, seminal nature of contents, or particular significance to an academic program -- all materials in the collection are deemed to have especial value to UWM academic programs. The purpose of Special Collections, therefore, is to preserve these materials within a secure and climate-controlled environment where their availability in usable condition to the UWM community and to the general public can be ensured for current and future generations. Special Collections is a department in the Division of Archives and Special Collections. In order to highlight its collections and encourage its use by students, scholars, and others, the Division of Archives and Special Collections offers public services such as lectures, exhibits, and publications.
Collection development in Special Collections entails cooperation with the Libraries' other collections, but most especially with the UWM Archives. Areas of particular collecting emphasis include:
The UWM Native American Literature Collection endeavors to be a comprehensive collection of American Indian thought and literary effort consisting of materials written or created by native peoples of the continental United States, Alaska, and Canada from all historical and contemporary periods. Materials in the collection include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, and transcriptions of oral literature. Special Collections does not collect materials on Native American themes and issues by non-Indian writers, except in the case of anthologies, edited collections, translations, and collaborations with native authors, where the intellectual content of the publication is primarily of American Indian creation. The collection is developed through both gift and purchase.
The collection of Irish Literature has emphases in three areas: eighteenth-century Irish imprints; materials from the Irish Literary Renaissance; and contemporary Irish poetry, particularly from Irish small presses. Developed through gift and purchase.
The Shakespeare Research Collection, originally developed to support the Modern Language Association's New Variorum Shakespeare Project, consists mainly of editions of the works of William Shakespeare from the Second Folio onward.
The collection of Local Small-Press Publishing focuses on literary works published in the southeastern Wisconsin region. Developed through gift and purchase.
The collection of Science Fiction Serials consists of comprehensive runs of science fiction periodicals published from the 1920s to the 1980s. Developed through gift and non-state funds only.
The collection of Comic Books consists of thousands of comic and graphic-novel serial titles mainly from the late 1960s to the present. Developed through gift and non-state funds only.
The Walter Sava collection on Mart�n Fierro consists of multiple editions of Jos� Hern�ndez's nineteenth-century epic poem on the legendary Argentine gaucho, Mart�n Fierro. Developed through gift and non-state funds only.
Manuscript Facsimiles of medieval and Renaissance originals document early uses of the book form. These are collected selectively, primarily through gift and non-state funds.
The collection of Incunabula, or books printed before 1501, offers examples of the earliest printed books. These are collected very selectively, primarily through gifts and non-state funds.
The J. Max Patrick Literature Collection focuses primarily on seventeenth-century imprints. Additions to this collection are made mainly through gift and non-state funds.
The collection of Milwaukee German-Language Imprints attempts to be comprehensive in documenting Milwaukee as a center for German-language publishing in the United States. There is a particular emphasis on collecting the imprints established by George Brumder. This collecting area is developed through gift and purchase.
Gifts will be accepted and added to the collection only if they:
|Special De-Selection Criteria|
Materials in Special Collections undergo continuous evaluation by the Special Collections librarian to determine if they remain relevant for the collection. The librarian will consult with subject specialists as needed. To remain in the collection, all materials must meet two basic criteria as reflected in these questions:
Another factor for withdrawal or transfer from the collection is Physical Condition:
English language materials predominate. French, German, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Latin, and Spanish are also represented.
Related Subject Collections|
Africology, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Comparative Study of Religion, Education, English, Film, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Health Sciences, Hebrew Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, Library and Information Science, Nursing, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Women's Studies.
Related Library Units|