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Many of the Department’s strengths fall under the heading of English and American literature. Perhaps best known in this category are the Little Magazines Collection and the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers. In addition to the listed collections below, the Department’s holdings also include first editions of major English and American authors, editions published during their lifetime, as well as works published before 1801. Both the Library Catalog and the card catalog in the Department afford convenient ways to identify copies of such titles. Please note: In the case of many of these authors, circulating copies of works are also often available in the general stacks in Memorial Library.
Collection strengths and named collections
with call no. AY (LC classification) or Y .95… (Cutter Classification). In searching, use the subject heading “Gift-books.” A few are in Special Collections, and some are available in microform in the Microform/Media Center (443 Memorial Library).