The Rare & Special Books Collection began in 1935 with the donation of Thomas B. Lockwood’s collection of rare books, which includes such significant publications as four 17th-century folios of William Shakespeare; first editions of Edmund Spenser’s Fairie Queene, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass; works by fine presses such as Kelmscott, Doves, Roycroft, and Ashendene; and other collections including presidential signatures, ancient Greek and Roman coins, and drawings by William Blake.
Collection contains memorabilia of Joseph H. Brennan who was Chief Metallurgist, Union Carbide Company, including clippings, photographs, list of patents, and printed catalog of his collection of early editions of "metallurgical, geological, and chemical interest" which he donated to the Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo circa 1962.
Collection of official government documents and personal materials from the Gran Colombia region, between the years 1576 and 1836. Featured within the collection are records of orders and documentation of the actions of figures such as Simon Bolivar, Philip II, and General Santander. Material types include official orders, personal statements, letters, maps, and documents court proceedings and legal disputes.