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F. W. Olin Library

Special Collections and Archive


Special Collections located in the Elinor Raas Heller Rare Book Room (Rm 115)

Heller Room

The collection of 12,000 volumes and 10,000 manuscripts housed in the Heller Rare Book Room includes printed books from the 15th century to the present, as well as the Mills College Collection. It is also the home of the Mills Center for the Book, a forum for cultural, literary and aesthetic heritage of the book.

Collection strengths include:

  • the James Collection of Shakespeareana
  • an archive of the works of composer Darius Milhaud
  • the Parton Collection of books on the history of dance
  • the Reinhardt Women's History Collection
  • and a collection of contemporary fine press books.

Heller RoomThese are study collections that support the curriculum of the College.

Members of the Mills community are encouraged to use the collections for their research

The work of students in the Book Art Program  is also housed in Special Collections.

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P: 510.430.2047
E: special_collections@mills.edu

Last Updated: 9/11/17