Special Collections

Mills College Special Collections and Archives is comprised of about 20,000 volumes, 10,000 manuscripts, archives, and photographs housed in the Elinor Raas Heller Rare Book Room. The collection includes printed books from the 15th century to the present, as well as the Mills College Collection. It is also the home to the Mills College Center for the Book, a forum for cultural, literary, and aesthetic heritage of the book. Browse Mills College Special Collections online.

List of Special Collections by Type


Archives & Manuscripts

Mills College Archive

This collection includes publications issued by the College, publications about the College, and records and documentation created in the operation of the College. The collection chronicles the history of the College and consists of both primary and secondary sources. Formats include books, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, videos, audio recordings, etc.

Other publications include the undergraduate and graduate catalogs; the Campanil, the Mills Quarterly, the Walrus, and the yearbook; various newsletters; promotional material; announcements of events sponsored by departments; organizations, etc.; publications related to commencement and other ceremonial occasions; publications related to specific buildings, including some blueprints; etc.

Related collections include masters’ theses, faculty publications, alumnae publications, and papers of individuals (e.g., Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Papers). Please contact Special Collections for assistance with the Mills College Archive.

Mills College Historical Photographs

Mills College Presidents

Mills (Susan and Cyrus) Papers
Reinhardt (Aurelia Henry) Papers
Rothwell (C. Easton) Papers
Wert (Robert ) Papers
White (Barbara McClure) Papers
White, (Lynn Townsend Jr.) Papers

Additional Collections

Bender (Albert M.) Papers

Catalano (Joe) Papers

Fenley (Molissa) Papers
The General Manuscript Collection
Global Fund for Women Collection
Gordon (Beate Sirota) Papers
Harrison (Lou) Manuscripts
Hitchcock Coit Collection
James (Elias Olan) Papers
Keep (Josiah) Papers
Keep (Rosalind) Papers
Latimer (Rebecca) Papers
Lee (Barbara) Congressional Papers *Currently being processed 

Milhaud (Darius) Collection
Nevada (Emma) Collection
Oliveros (Pauline) Papers

Reese (Mary Lou Hutton) Scrapbooks
Ringo (James) Papers
Shere (Charles) Papers
Smith (Patti) Collection–A collection of about 400 books by and about poet and musician Patti Smith plus comprehensive holdings of recordings, journals, clippings, photographs, and ephemera. (call number =Patti Smith)
Spearman (Glenn) Papers
Van Tuyl (Marian) Papers