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Seguy's Insects
Insectes [detail].
Seguy, E. A.

Rare Books Unit

Scope of Collections
Collecting Programs
Origins of the Rare Books Unit
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Scope of Collections

The Rare Books Unit's holdings focus principally on the areas of:

De viribus herbarum
Sears wallpaper and
wall oilcloth

[catalog, detail].
(1954) Sears,
Roebuck and Co.

Engineering and technology,
Architecture and design,
Textiles, and
History of science, especially entomology, life sciences, and the history of scientific research instruments.

The printed materials in the Rare Books Unit are primarily intended to supplement the unpublished materials found in the Manuscripts Unit and University Archives and reflect the collecting priorities of those two units.

To that end, the curatorial staff endeavor to identify, locate, and acquire published materials which will fill in the gaps in, or provide background information to help interpret, the manuscript and archival collections of the Special Collections Research Center as a whole.


The Rare Books Unit's mission is to collect, preserve and make available to NCSU students and faculty, and members of the community, rare, unique, or antiquarian materials in published form for instruction and research in support of NCSU's mission as a land grant institution.

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De viribus herbarum
Herbarum varias
qui vis cognoscere
vires / huc Macer
adest quo duce
doctor eris
. / Macer,
Floridus [detail]

Collecting Programs

The Special Collections Research Center is actively building its collections in a few specific collecting areas, including architecture and design, engineering and technology, history of science, natural resources, textiles, and the history of NC State University. To explore these collecting areas more fully, you can follow the links below:

arrow upOrigins of the Rare Books Unit

The Rare Books Unit was created along with the Manuscripts Unit when the Special Collections Department was established in 1993. At the same time, the University Archives, which had been established in the 1960s but with origins dating back to 1939, was integrated into the newly formed Department. In anticipation of the new facility being planned, the Department was renamed in 2004 as the Special Collections Research Center.

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