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All monographs in Special Collections are catalogued, and can be searched using the Library's Online Catalog, which location is indicated as "Special Collections". Items in the collections include outstanding or unusual books on topics relevant to the history of Florida, tourism, the islands of the West Indies, Book Arts, and African Americana.

Because of their unique and sometimes fragile nature, Special Collections materials cannot be checked out; they must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room, which is located on the 5th Floor of the John C. Hitt Library, Room 501. Patrons are asked to register and to use the materials with care. Some materials cannot be photocopied. Special Collections is open from 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday. No items can be paged and all materials must be returned within 15 minutes of closing. Special Collections is closed weekends and holidays.

Book Arts

UCF Student Book Arts Competition

Each year, the UCF Libraries Special Collections & University Archives holds a competition where UCF students submit their original artists' books. The students have the chance to win a cash purchase award and have their books added to the department's permanent Book Arts & Typography collection.

Susan King Library

Artists' Book, Book Art, Fine Press, and Reference Book Collection of writer, printer, teacher, publisher, and book artist Susan King.

Sol and Sadie Malkoff Book Arts Collection

A resource collection of books, periodicals, graphics, and type foundry specimen books. The collection assembled over 60 years by graphic artist Sol Malkoff demonstrates the principles of good calligraphy, type, typography, graphic design, and book design.

Sol & Sadie Malkoff Papers, 1939-1999, 7 linear ft.

The collection, assembled over 60 years by graphic artist Sol Malkoff, demonstrates the principles of good calligraphy, typography, graphic design, and book design. Includes correspondence, photographs, research, and collected materials including over a hundred typography and font specimens.

History and Culture of the West Indies

Bryant West Indies Collection

A scholarly collection of over 1,800 books and periodicals on the history, geography, economy, and social life of the West Indies and the Caribbean area. The collection also includes paintings, graphics, sculptures, maps, audio recordings, and anthropological artifacts.


Thomas and Georgine Mickler Collection

Thomas and Georgine Mickler ran a small publishing company, Mickler House, and a thriving mail-order business, Mickler’s Antiquarian Books, out of their Chuluota home for almost 40 years. The Mickler Estate Collection includes materials related to the history of Florida books, maps, diaries, letters, sermons, photographs, newspaper clippings, deeds, legal documents, pictorial works, albums, postcards, booklets, brochures and pamphlets. Materials from the donation can be found in both the general collection and the Special Collections.

Books, along with selected pamphlets and diaries may be found in the Online Catalog by searching the series, "Thomas and Georgine Mickler collection" or by clicking here. Some material has been digitized for online access through the PALMM Florida Heritage Collection.

Manuscript materials from the Mickler Estate were divided into collections by format. Collected Ephemera forms the basis of the Florida Ephemera collection. Photographs and Post Cards form the basis of the Florida Image Collection. Diaries, Sermons, and Maps each have their own guides. See the Manuscript Collections List for more information.

History of Socialism and Communism

Van Sickle Leftist Pamphlet Collection, 1920’s -1970’s

A collection of political pamphlets on socialism and communism collected by Miss Van Sickle, a staunch Canadian Socialist from the 1920s through the 1970s.  Topics covered in the pamphlets include liberal or leftist causes from the time period collected such as: world pacifism, anti-racism, anti-Semitism, British and world labor movements, communism, socialism, women's rights, and the "ban-the-bomb" movement.   Many of the items in the collection are extremely rare, and possibly unique to the UCF collection.  Over 3,000 pamphlets have been catalogued and can be searched using the library's Online Catalog or by clicking here. Another 400+ pamphlets are uncatalogued and can be searched using the guides listed below.

Uncataloged Van Sickle Pamphlets Guide

History of the Professions

Engineering Collection

Written materials important in the historical development of engineering and technology, with a major emphasis on engineering education.

Finney Accounting Collection

Comprised of materials from the personal library of Harry Anson Finney. Finney was elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame in 1958 in recognition of his influence on accounting education. The collection includes scarce, fine and special materials collected by Finney during his lifetime, and a specimen group of his landmark textbooks; both in English and in translation. Some materials are held in the general collection, others in Special Collections.

Howard Eves Mathematics Collection

The library of the noted teacher and author of mathematics. A selective bibliography is available for checkout from the general collection, and reference copies are available for use by researchers in Reference and Special Collections. Materials from the donation are located both in the general collection and in Special Collections.


Horror-Fantasy Collection

A group of books, primarily fiction, dealing with horror and fantasy. Authors represented include H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter, Robert Bloch, and Clark Ashton Smith.


Rare Books

A collection including old editions, first editions, delicate or special bindings, and rarities. The Rare Books collection consists mainly of imprints dated before 1876. Prior to 1830, book production was largely a matter of handwork, and these volumes are automatically placed in the rare book collection. Special Collections is also interested in books published between 1830 and 1900. Many, if not most of the books published in the 19th century are quite fragile, and if they retain certain features, such as the original binding and publishers' catalogues, are of significant research value, and may be considered a candidate for the rare books collection. Books issued by fine presses and limited editions printed in small quantities with a stated number of copies with deluxe or unusual bindings, typographical excellence, and illustrations by famous artists are also collected.

The Walter and Dorothy Donnelly Collection

The collection includes works in world literature, art, book arts, and travel, and approximately 180 items from the collection are housed in Special Collections. The other 4,000 titles in the collection have been added to the Library's general collection.

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