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James Ford Bell Library

Our premier collection of more than 40,000 manuscripts, maps, and rare books (which include more than 22,000 maps) illustrates the ways in which cultural influences expanded worldwide, with a special emphasis on European interactions prior to ca. 1800 CE. The Bell Library, its collection, and its innovative programs support scholarship and education at all levels, and enrich our community by advancing understanding of this global heritage, making the world we live in more meaningful.

The items in the collection currently date between ca 400 CE and ca 1825 CE.

Collections currently in the UMedia Archive: