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HIST 2220 War and Society (Jobin) - An Introduction to Works Held in Rare and Distinctive Collections

This guide features works held by Rare and Distinctive Collections that focus on the history of war and society from Rome through the twentieth century.

HIST 2220 - War and Society: An Introduction to Primary Source Materials Held by Special Collections, Rare & Distinctive Collections




















'Dragon Leaf,' detail.  MS 314, Latin Bible, Northern France, c. 1240
Rare Books Collection, Rare and Distinctive Collections





This guide provides an introduction to War and Society (HIST 2220) through the lens of manuscripts and printed works held in Rare and Distinctive Collections, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.

This guide includes images of works from our collections as well as digitized copies of key manuscripts held by the British Library and Cambridge University and elsewhere. To navigate this site, use the tabs at the top to navigate by time period and subject.  

See below for links to our collections and to other primary sources.  

Guide and text by Susan Guinn-Chipman, 2021. Edits by Sean Babbs, 2022.

Searching Medieval and Early Modern Collections in the Rare Books Collection

To search the Rare Books Collection's early modern manuscripts and early printed books: 

Digital Library

  • Search CU's Digital Library, which features our Medieval Manuscripts Collections.  Images may be downloaded from this site. 

Library Catalog

  • Search our early modern printed works through the Library Catalog.  In the Library Catalog, search by title, author, or keyword, then limit your search by location to Rare Books Collection. You may also opt to do an advanced search with more options.  

Searching Early Modern and Modern Printed Works through the Library Catalog

To locate a vast array of early modern and modern printed works, available in full text:

Early English Books Online

  • In addition, a title search in the Library Catalog for EEBO (Early English Books Online) will enable you to search works printed or published in Britain or North America between the 15th and the 17th centuries. 
  • You will need to access this database using the VPN or by logging in with your identikey and password. 

Eighteenth-Century Collections Online

  • ECCO (Eighteenth-Century Collections Online) provides access to printed works published in Britain during the long-eighteenth century.  It includes access to over 200,000 volumes, featuring books, pamphlets, broadsides, and more.  
  • You will need to access the VPN to access this data base using your identikey and password.   

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online features primary sources, books, newspaper articles, journal articles, magazine articles, diaries, letters, images, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, government reports published or produced during the long-nineteenth-century. 
  • You will need the access this database through the VPN using your identikey and password.  

Rare and Distinctive Collections


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Reading Room: Norlin M350B



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