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Please visit us in E102B, our temporary space on the first floor of the east wing. We will be moving into new permanent quarters near the main entrance later this summer.

European History & Culture Collection

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Italian Risorgimento Collection

The primary emphasis of this collection is on the central period of Italian unification, 1845-1870. It includes eye witness accounts, works by significant political figures, many unique pamphlets, and complete runs of several important serial publications. The collection contains 300 books, 1,500 pamphlets, and 7,000 newspapers and periodical issues. The collection was recently the recipient of a grant which helped to provide access through cataloging and microfilming.

European Criminology Collection

The European Criminology Collection is a major resource for the study of European history from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Scholars interested in history, law, religion, politics, literature, printing, folklore, women, and family life during the early modern period will all find something of value in the collection. The primary focus of the collection is on German criminal law with important texts on witchcraft. Many of the 45 manuscripts are court documents from the cities of Kitzingen and Nurnberg in the sixteenth century which provide unique glimpses into municipal organizations, political intrigue, the lives of individual citizens, and social values during the time of the Reformation and Peasants' War in southeastern Germany.

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European Criminology Collection: Kitzinger Jail Release Documents.  Eighteen manuscripts (Urfehde-Verschreibungen) dated from 1520-1527 documenting the release of prisoners from the Margraves of Brandenburg's jail in Kitzingen, Germany

French Monarchy Collection

Acquired in 1961, the French Monarchy Collection documents the history of all the French royal families and monarchial institutions, including the art and architecture of the periods. There are roughly 2,500 books and 1,500 pamphlets with imprints ranging from the Estiennes in the early 16th century to Bodoni items of the late 18th century. The history of the French Revolution is also well documented.