Special Collections

From medieval manuscripts, Blaeu atlases and manuscripts by Hooft and Multatuli to wall charts, font designs, cookery books, cartoons and Arnon Grunberg's archive: the Special Collections are home to the material heritage of the University of Amsterdam.

Atlas Maior by Joan Blaeu

Map of the world by Joan Blaeu

There are over a thousand sub-collections, comprising rare and valuable books, manuscripts, prints, photographs and much, much more. With internationally renowned collections in fields including the history of the book, Jewish culture, church history, cartography, literature, graphic design and zoology, this is one of the largest heritage libraries in Europe.

The heritage in the Special Collections represents many different disciplines in the arts and sciences, and includes countless irreplaceable, museum-quality works, both ancient and contemporary. The collections serve educational and research purposes, but they are also there for the general public. Works can be viewed in the modern study hall and via online image banks. They are highlighted during exhibitions, lectures and presentations.

Published by  Special Collections UvA

3 July 2014