The Harvey A. Andruss Library Special Collections at
Bloomsburg University consists primarily of books
that are set aside for a number of reasons, including early imprint date,
uniqueness or scarcity, of local value or interest, and a relationship to existing collections.
The Special Collections Development Policy
outlines what materials and subject areas are considered for inclusion.
Some of the specific collections that are part of Special Collections:
Art exhibition catalog collection of nearly 10,000 items
Subject Area Concentrations of books on the following topics:
Circuses and Animal Training, Coal Mining & the Molly Maguires, Tiffany &
Stained Glass Windows, and Trains & Trolleys.
Automobile Collection consisting primarily of runs of various periodicals
and several books
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Collection, comprising programs, posters, publications and production books
of this acclaimed theatre group since its inception in 1978.
Covered Bridge Collection of books and ephemera about covered bridges
Elinor Keefer Collection of all Caldecott and Newbery award winners
The Joseph P. Tustin Papers, including the original diaries of Hessian
Revolutionary War officer Captain Johann Ewald. The diaries date from
1776-1784, and cover his service with the British Army during the war.
They also include many colored pen-and-ink maps drawn by Ewald, most done
while in the field. See the maps here.
Radical Labor Publications Collection containing over 1000 pamphlets, booklets. brochures,
and newsletters by members of communist, socialist, and labor organizations
dating from the 1920s to the 1960s. A listing
by author has been provided for over 900 of these publications.
Digital images of a number of newsletters, including the American Bulletin,
Counterattack, Socialist Monthly, and Negro Labor News Service
can be viewed here.
- The David Greenwald Radical Student Publications Collection
containing primarily fliers but also brochures, catalogs, pamphlets, small posters and speeches documenting a variety of issues
that students and young people in the Berkeley and San Francisco Bay area faced from 1966 to 1972. These include the Vietnam War,
the draft, mind-expanding drugs, race, politics, educational issues on the University of California campus and concerts by
local rock groups.
- The Morning Press Negative Collection containing images
of people, buildings and events taken in Bloomsburg, Columbia County and the
surrounding area and published in the Morning Press newspaper between
January, 1936 and January, 1958. A finding aid to the bulk of the collection
will be available shortly.
Full-Text Historical Resources
- Contemporary newspaper articles on the Bloomsburg
Mollie Maguires: Patrick Hester, Patrick Tully, and Peter McHugh, who
were tried, convicted, and hung in 1878 for the murder of Alexander Rea
ten years before. The newspaper coverage includes the Chicago
Tribune, Columbia County Republican, the Columbian,
the Miners Journal, the New York Times, the
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, and the Williamsport Sun and
can be seen here.