Join us for Fridays @ the Library this semester


This semester, librarians from across MU Libraries are teaming up to bring you a great program of workshops and tutorials that can help you research smarter, not harder.  Take a look at all the great offerings from our colleagues!  Special Collections will be participating on September 12 with a session called Jumpstart Your Teaching and Research in Special Collections.

Special Collections has over 90,000 items – from rare books and manuscripts to comics and posters – and a staff that wants to empower you to use them.  Whether you’re new to campus or just need a refresher, come and find out how these exciting and inspiring resources can contribute to your semester. We'll provide an overview of our collections and cover strategies for using Special Collections in class visits, undergraduate assignments, and your own research.

Go here to register, or contact Goodie Bhullar with any questions about the workshop series.

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A Stereoscopic Atlas of the Chick

Working in a Special Collections Departments has its perks.  One such perk is being able to browse the closed stacks and treasure hunt for unique items.  I ran across this little gem a few weeks ago.




A Stereoscopic Atlas of the Chick by Joseph Long

Published 1937


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The one and only Mark Twain autograph in Special Collections

A letter from Samuel Clemens to journalist Walter Williams, who served as the founding dean of the Missouri School of Journalism in 1908, and was University of Missouri president from 1931 to 1935.

March 4/94

Dear Mr. Williams:

I shouldn’t be able to do it, for if I should be in America in July it would be on business & my time would be fully occupied. I am leaving for Europe day after tomorrow. The compliment of your invitation gratifies me exceedingly & I want to thank you for it notwithstanding I am debarred from taking advantage of it.

I seem to have written this letter to you before; or something like it. But surely that is not possible.  I don’t know how I get the impression; & yet it is a quite strong one.

Truly Yours

S. L. Clemens  

This letter is pasted onto the front endpaper of Walter Williams’ personal copy of Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World - one of a couple of notable copies of that text in Special Collections.  Take a look at the catalog record for information on the others.  The text on the photo frontispiece is printed, not handwritten – but you can compare Samuel Clemens' signature to that of Mark Twain.

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Special Collections and Rare Books

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