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University of Rochester: Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation

University of Rochester: Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation

Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
755 Library Rd.
Rochester, NY 14627, United States
The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation at the University of Rochester is located in Rush Rhees Library. Our collections span a range of subjects and time periods. They include manuscripts, audio and visual material, books and serials, letters, diaries, photographs, ephemera, personal and business records, architectural drawings, maps, and more.

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Rothberg, Abraham

The Abraham Rothberg Papers contain material related to literature Rothberg wrote and edited, such as typescript copies of manuscripts and publisher correspondence. The collection also includes research materials he utilized for his writings, material related to his dissertation on Jack London, documents from the time he spent as professor, editor and journalist at various universities, publishing houses, and periodicals, and correspondence sent to and received from family, friends, and colleagues.

Lindsley, Adaline, 1820-1847

Adaline's diary, kept from August 1840 - March 1843, when she was in her early twenties, reveals an intelligent and lively young woman, whose ambitions were challenged by her era's gender conventions, as well as the debilitating effects of tuberculosis. The diary not only captures the hopes and faith of Adaline, the intimacies of the Lindsley family, and community life in her Yates County, New York village in the early 1840s, it also documents a unique period of growth and transition in ante-bellum America.

Works, Adam Clark, 1834-1908

The Adam Clark Works Papers contain correspondence from his family and friends. Also included are diaries belonging to Adam Clark Works, his first wife, Mrs. Elida I. (Van Sickle) Works, his second wife, Mrs. Ellen (Mihill) Works, his daughter, Ruth Elida Works, and his brother, George Washington William Works. The collection also contains memorabilia, photographs and a china figurine, "Three O'Clock in the Morning." The bulk of his papers are from the 1860's. The family correspondence includes letters from his mother, Mrs. Julia (Coolidge) Works Crouch, his brothers, George Washington William Works, Robert Miller Works, Obadiah Works, his halfbrothers, James Chesterfield Crouch, Benjamin F. Crouch, and his uncle, George Griswold, who raised him after his father, George W. Works, died in 1839. The collection includes courtship and marriage letters, from both wives of Adam Clark Works. His first wife, Elida, died in 1869 after a prolonged illness. Her letters are filled with descriptive detail concerning methods of medical treatment at the Castile Water Cure Sanatorium in 1868. Adam Clark Works' in-laws, Mary and Henry C. C. Van Sickel (or Van Sickle), referred to as "Ma" and "Pa," and the Rev. Norris and Mellissa (Lamson) Mihill (or Mihills) carried on an extensive correspondence with him. The sisters of his second wife, Ellen, Mrs. Emma (Mihill) Marsh and Mrs. Caroline (Mihill) Lengfeld also wrote often. Adam Clark Works' correspondence also includes letters from many friends. Several were from former students and teaching acquaintances. The Rev. Herbert Franklin Fisk, President of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (1868-72) and Principal of the Preparatory School at Northwestern University wrote frequently. Another close friend that he corresponded with throughout his adult life was James M. Hodge, a professor of natural science at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, Fort Edward, N.Y. and later a partner in Ogelsby and Hodge, Plumbers, Gas & Steam Fitters of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also corresponded with Joel Dorman Steele (1836-1886), author of several scientific and historical books. Of special interest are the letters from Robert H. Skinner, which give a detailed account of the Civil War from his enlistment in the 77th Regiment, N.Y. Volunteers, Company D, from November 7, 1861 until his release on March 12, 1863. Lt. Skinner's letters describe his company's march to Washington, the camp conditions, Army supplies, military engagements, medical treatment of the wounded, and the attitude of the men toward the war.

Mappa, Adam Gérard, 1754-1828

The Mappa Papers include 47 letters, 1778-1833 and undated, the majority being for the period 1789-1795. Almost all are in Dutch, with the rest in French. The correspondence is both personal, and pertaining to the business of the Holland Land Co., particularly in the Boonville and Oldenbarneveldt (Trenton) areas of Oneida County, N. Y.

Stuber, Adolph, 1889-

On June 11-13, 1976 an interview with Adolph Stuber was conducted by Reese Jenkins, a Visiting Associate Professor of History at the University of Rochester and an authority on twentieth century science and technology. W. Allen Wallis also participated for the first half hour and made Super 8 sound films of over an hour of conversation. The collection includes several transcripts of the interview, related correspondence, a Super 8 motion picture film with sound track, and recordings of the interview.

Waterstraat, Adrian August, 1908-2003

The Adrian Waterstraat Papers are comprised of one series: Personal Papers. This series documents Waterstraat's service during World War II. Included in this collection are Waterstraat's military record, items related to his prisoner of war status, as well as one letter he wrote to his wife during his internment. Also included in this collection are several medals and awards.

Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State

The collection is comprised of correspondence of mainly W.C. Brown, Henry Cargill, and E.C. Miner during the time they were active in the formation and activities of the association. The collection includes records of the organization (minutes of general and stock holders meetings) and detailed descriptions of the farms that were sold. It also has two bound volumes of unused stock certificates and one embosser.


AIDS education collection 30 linear feet

Atwater, Edward C.

The AIDS Education Collection contains material related to Dr. Edward Atwater's acquisition of the AIDS education posters. This collection includes two series: Subject Files and Outreach Efforts. The materials in Series 1 include the sub-series: Correspondence, research notes, and contacts, which provides information associated with international organizations and individuals. The second series include evidence of the extensive outreach efforts launched by various countries to combat the epidemic. This series is comprised of eleven sub-series: International Maps and Travel guides; Condoms; Periodicals, Guides, and General Education materials; Pamphlets; Comic Books and Illustrated materials; Gallery and Exhibition materials; Clothing; Small Booklets and Pamphlets; Postcards; Videos; and Slides of Posters.