Book Collection Development Policy
The rare book
program acquires, preserves, organizes, and services many of the
most valuable, scarce, or important published materials in the Library's
collections. The collections are kept for the use of Mount Holyoke
students, faculty, staff and outside researchers. The collections
support the teaching and research activities of Mount Holyoke College
students and faculty in the major areas specified in the Archives
and Special Collections General Collection Boundaries.
The rare book
collections are added to in three separate ways: A. through purchase
by the Library using funds specified for this purpose, B. through
donation, C. by transfer from the main library stacks. With the
exception of materials transferred from the main library, additions
to the collection must fit one of the major areas of collecting
*Editions of Dante's Divina Commedia (predominately illustrated)
*Renaissance science (including works from the 17th-century)
*Fine press books
*Literary first editions of significant authors
*Works related to the Collège de 'pataphysique.
are subject to review and addition by the Director of Archives and
Special Collections in consultation with the Rare Books Librarian.
of rare books
and Special Collections will, on occasion, purchase books that will
add to the scholarly value of our existing areas of collecting.
All purchases must be approved by the Director of Archives and Special
Collections and the Rare Books Librarian. In cases where the cost
of an individual item exceeds $5,000 the College Librarian and/or
the LITS Advisory Board may also be consulted.
of rare books
The Archives and Special Collections will accept donations of rare
books if they fit into the major areas of collecting listed above.
Mount Holyoke College will not accept donations of books where ownership
of the books has not been transferred to the College. Mount Holyoke
College further reserves the right to sell or otherwise dispose
of any donated materials that do not fit within our areas of collecting.
transferred from the main library collections
Books meeting the following criteria will be considered for transfer
from the main library collections to the Archives and Special Collections:
1. All European
continental imprints before 1600, including incunabula (i.e., books
printed before 1500)
2. All British
imprints before 1700 (books and periodicals)
3. All books
from New England and other Colonial states, bearing imprints before
1830. (Pieces on religion, printed after 1799, will not be considered
unless the item itself is important in the history of printing,
or has some other value directly related to Mount Holyoke College).
from states other than the 13 colonies as recommended by Library
of Congress Subject Cataloging Manual: Shelflist (1).
from Europe, other than those printed in Great Britain, bearing
an imprint prior to 1750.
from Asia or Southeast Asia bearing an imprint prior to 1900.
books (defined as books collected as examples of fine printing
including, but not limited to, Golden Cockerel, Cummington, and
editions other than press books if the limitation is known to
be 200 copies or less.
signed by persons of national or international importance.
editions of published works either holographic or typed (including
published by Mount Holyoke College faculty.
plates (books, portfolios, or any publication containing loose
maps or plates).
unusual materials such as papyri, palm leaf manuscripts, etc.
14. Any single
volume with an auction record of over $500 dollars in the last
related to significant book collections including but not limited
to medals, commemorative buttons, etc.
some books falling within the following subject boundaries that
parallel materials in the archival and manuscript collections will
also be considered for transfer from the main library to Archives
and Special Collections.
related to missionary work
*Works by 19th-century women authors
*Works related to women in war
*Works related to women in politics
*Works related to women in science
*Works on women's suffrage
*Works related to the education of women
(1)American imprints from states other than the
13 Colonies prior to the dates listed below should be considered
for transfer from the main library. All information taken from Library
of Congress Subject Cataloging Manual: Shelflist, G810, Page 1,
Illinois (except Chicago, 1871),1850
New Mexico, 1875
New York State (outside New York City), 1830
North Dakota 1890
Pennsylvania (outside Philadelphia) 1830
South Dakota 1890
West Virginia 1830