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English Literature

Resource or all things literature

Rare Books and Manuscripts

Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.

The Mahn Center is the principal repository for rare books, manuscripts, and Ohio University archives material.  The Mahn Center’s mission is to support the education, research, and creative endeavors of the Ohio University community.  Contact staff in Archives & Special Collections to arrange a tour, discuss how to use archival collections, how to work with your class and for help in any archival research.  

Particular Collections of Interest

  • Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance collection documents the careers of two leaders in American Modern Dance. The collection includes films, videos, photographs, manuscripts, posters, administrative documents, awards, programs, reviews, and musical recordings. 
  • Cornelius Ryan Collection of World War II Papers:  Correspondence, documents, photographs, diaries, accounts, manuscripts, audio tapes, interviews, journal articles, screenplays, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and books detailing Ryan’s career as a journalist and author of the books The Longest Day, The Last Battle, and A Bridge Too Far.
  • Manuscripts Collections - Literature:  Collections include various authors, poet, journalists
  • Author Collections:  Bukowski, Dickens, Frank Harris, Jesse Stuart, Dard Hunter, Kipling, Tennysonm, Wells and more. 
  • Gilbert and Ursual Farfel Collection of Incunable and Manuscript Leaves:  The Gilbert and Ursula Farfel collection of incunable and manuscript leaves includes 500 pieces dating from the 8th Century through 1999. The bulk of the collection (over 300 leaves) dates from the 15th Century. 
  • Edmund Blunden Papers:  The Edmund Blunden papers contain correspondence and writings of Blunden; playbills collected by Blunden and newspaper clippings. Many of the letters are to Dorothea Hayward Scott, another English author.

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Miriam Intrator, Rare Books Librarian in Mahn Center has created the RESEARCHING WITH ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Digital Archives

Have a look at our Digital Archives

The Libraries actively invests in digitizing our unique collections in order to broaden access to these rich materials. Our digital offerings are regularly expanding in support of the research and educational activities of campus. Check back often or follow us on social media for the latest news!

image of rrare book covers from digital collections