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F. W. Olin Library

Special Collections and Archive

Description of the Collections

Books | Archives and Manuscripts | Hybrid

All of the books and some of the archives and manuscripts in Special Collections are cataloged in the Mills College online system, with the Heller Room designation. 

(archival collections may also contain books)

Albert M. Bender Collection: A general collection of books and manuscripts with strengths in literature, poetry, bibliography, book and printing history, fine press editions, and art. (Call number = Coll.)

Bookbinding Collection: Examples of different types of bindings, illustrating technical, artistic, and historical features. (Call number = Binding)

Early Printed Books: Books printed before 1800. (Call number = Early Printed)

Fine Press Collection: Fine press, limited edition, and artists’ books (including examples of one-of-a-kind books), especially (but not exclusively) those written and/or made by women and local printers. Fine press bibliographies. Exhibition catalogues for fine press printers, book artists, the book arts, and printing history. (Call number = P [press/printer name])

James Collection: Books about or by Shakespeare, including Shakespeare’s source material. (Call number = James)

Juvenile Collection: Historical examples and first editions of children’s books, with a strength in books about pigs and illustrated books. (Call number = Juv.)

Jane Bourne Parton Collection: Books and ephemera on dance and allied subjects. (Call number = Parton)

Aurelia Reinhardt Collection on Women’s History: Books (generally non-fiction), ephemera, and journals on topics pertaining to women, with a strength in women’s suffrage, birth control, and social issues. (Call number = Reinhardt)

Arturo Torres-Rioseco Collection: Books (including fiction, poetry, and criticism) by Latin American authors, based on the personal library of Arturo Torres-Rioseco. (Call number = Torres-Rioseco)

Florence Walter Hand Bookbinding Collection: Books, ephemera, and journals on the subjects of bookbinding and paper. (Call number = Walter)

West Coast Print Center Collection: Books printed at the West Coast Print Center (Berkeley, California) from the 1960s-1990s; rich in poetry and literature. (Call number = West Coast Print Center)

Hybrid Collections

Patti Smith Collection: Books, journal articles, photographs, and ephemera by and about musician/poet Patti Smith. (Call number = Patti Smith)

Darius Milhaud Collection

Archives and Manuscripts


The Beate Gordon Archive will be available after it is inventoried and processed. A finding aid will be accessible from the F. W. Olin Library's website: /academics/library/special_collections/sc_coll.php#archives at that time. Please contact us at jbraun@mills.edu or 510-430-2047 if you have any questions. Please see this space for updates (August 2013).

• Archives and Papers:

Mills College Collection (College Archive)

Mills College Presidents:

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

Charlotte Baker Papers 
Albert M. Bender Papers, 1920-41 
James and Emma S. Cameron Papers, 1846-76
Joe Catalano Papers
Emma Clark Papers, 1822-41
Dane Coolidge Papers, 1900-39
Molissa Fenley Papers
Global Fund for Women Collection, 1980-2003
Lou Harrison Manuscripts 
Hitchcock Coit Papers, c.1730-1929 
Elias Olan James Papers
Josiah Keep Papers
Rosalind Keep Papers
Rebecca Latimer Papers
I.W. Lyon Family Papers, 1790-1910
Emma Nevada Papers 
David W. Prall and Margaret C. Prall Papers, 1908-54
James Ringo Papers
Marian Van Tuyl Papers

• Manuscripts:

The General Manuscript Collection


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P: 510.430.2047
E: special_collections@mills.edu

Last Updated: 9/11/17