Libraries

Libraries

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library

The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, otherwise known as "the Rock", serves as the primary teaching and research library for the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. With some exceptions, the Rock is usually the most appropriate library at Brown in which to begin research on a topic.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/about/rock/

 

Sciences Library

The Sciences Library holds materials that support study and research in Medicine, Psychology, Neural Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Pure and Applied Mathematics, and provides a wide range of services to the staff, students and faculty of Brown University.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/about//scili/

 

The John Carter Brown Library

The John Carter Brown Library is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities that houses an internationally renowned, constantly growing collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before ca. 1825.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/John_Carter_Brown_Library/

 

John Hay Library

The John Hay Library houses the University Library's collections of rare books and manuscripts, the University Archives, and many special collections on a wide variety of topics. Notable areas of strength include American literature and popular culture, political and diplomatic history, the history of science, book arts and graphics.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/about/hay/

 

Orwig Music Library

The Music Library houses the general music collection on campus: music books, scores, periodicals, sound recordings, video recordings and microforms. The collection supports the curriculum of the Music Department and provides material for general use by the Brown community.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/about/orwig/

 

Special Collections

The Library at Brown holds over 250 named collections with rich research potential. A selection of the some of the special collections with an international focus is listed below.

For a complete description of the collections, please visit:

http://library.brown.edu/collatoz/

 

Thomas E. Skidmore Collection

This collection consists of approximately 5,000 items. Originally Skidmore's private library, it reflects over thirty years of collecting materials on Brazil and other areas of Latin America. It contains many rare Brazilian books on subjects related to race, nationalism, politics, economics, and Brazilian history.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/collatoz/info.php?id=228

 

George Earl Church Collection

Church's 3,500-volume collection is largely composed of 18th and early 19th century monographs on Latin American politics, history, and geography, with substantial attention to contemporary anthropological studies on the Indians of South America. Materials on Amerindian languages are also well represented. The collection's most unique item is the 18th century manuscript history of Potosi, a Bolivian mining town.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/collatoz/info.php?id=2

 

East Asian Collection

The East Asian Collection was developed from the Gardner Collection, a special collection of approximately 30,000 volumes of Chinese books donated in the 1960s by the noted Harvard Sinologist Charles Sidney Gardner. The collection now holds 113,898 volumes in Chinese, 21,444 volumes in Japanese, and 4,856 volumes in Korean, in addition to 288 current serials and other formats of materials.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/collatoz/info.php?id=182

 

Dickerman Collection on Egyptology

The Dickerman Collection contains 1,200 books on ancient Egypt, establishing the foundation for Brown's exceptional holdings in the field of Egyptology. The collection includes some travel narratives by Egyptologists and accounts documenting archeological excavations that have taken place in Egypt since 1900, as well as works interpreting archeological findings.


For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/collatoz/info.php?id=141

 

Andrew Carvely Collection

This collection consists primarily of printed works by and about T.E. Lawrence, collected by Carvely and purchased from his estate in 1998. The collection comprises books by Lawrence, books about Lawrence, compilations of his letters, and ephemera including journal articles, newspaper articles, programs, brochures, posters and an original oil painting by Glen Schomburg..

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/collatoz/info.php?id=71

 

Sergei Khrushchev Papers

Donated by Sergei Khrushchev, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Nikita Khrushchev materials include transcripts of dictated reminiscences, edited by Sergei Khrushchev and later published; photograph albums of official visits both within and outside the Soviet Union; and a pair of shoes similar to the one made famous at the United Nations.

For more information, visit:

http://library.brown.edu/collatoz/info.php?id=128