Special Collections consists of both individual books of high research or other value as well as specialized subject collections that offer high value for researchers. Because the stacks in this department are closed, researchers may browse the collection through CONSORT, Kenyon's online library catalog. 

If you have any questions please contact us at: archives@kenyon.edu or visit the Reading Room.  Open hours are Monday thru Friday 9-12 and 1-4.

Some Special Subject Collections Include:

  • Jones Collection of first editions, signed editions and fine press books collected by Louisa Brooke Jones and Thomas Catesby Jones and given to Kenyon in memory of Thomas Catesby Jones. Mr. Jones was a Trustee of Kenyon College from 1943 until his death in 1946. In addition to funds in support of Music, Art and Poetry, Mr. and Mrs. Jones gave a number of important items that greatly enrich our Special and Typography collections.
  • Kenyon Authors Collection  includes materials written, edited, or produced by Kenyon faculty, administrators or staff during the time of their employment at Kenyon. New titles are added annually at a reception held to honor the authors in the Reading Room.
  • J.N. Lewis Collection includes many early and rare books on mathematics, astronomy and science.
  • Scott Powell Collection  of Vladimir Nabokov contains first editions and other rare materials donated by Scott R. Powell K1970. This collection was donated to Kenyon in 1999.
  • Charles Riker Collection of William Butler Yeats is one the country's finest collections of published material by and about the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. This collection was donated to Kenyon in the 1940s.
  • William T. Dameron Typography Collection is an extensive collection of items relating to the history of books and printing. The collection includes incunabula and examples of fine printing throughout the history of the printed word.