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HIST 1011 - European History to 1600 (Jobin), An Introduction to Works Held by the Rare Books Collection, Rare & Distinctive Collections

HIST 1011 - European History to 1600 (Jobin), An Introduction to Works Held by Special Collections, Rare & Distinctive Collections























'Dragon Leaf,' detail.  MS 314, Latin Bible, Northern France, c. 1240

               Special Collections, Rare and Distinctive Collections

This guide provides an introduction to the European History to 1600 (HIST 1011) through the lens of manuscripts and early printed works held in Special Collections, Collections of Distinction, 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.  

Summer 2023: Major System Updates

You'll notice some changes as we work.
  • New Library Catalog: try it out and tell us what you think
  • Prospector will be unavailable from May 19 through Spring 2024. 

Full details on our library services platform migration project & timeline.

Rare and Distinctive Collections


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Reading Room: Norlin E1B43



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