The Blog Brandeis Special Collection Spotlight offers the opportunity to take a closer look into selected treasures from the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections at Brandeis University. "The Archives and Special Collections department houses the gems of the Brandeis library. The rare book collection includes incunabula; books published in the 16th - 18th centuries on such subjects as history, English and American literature, philosophy, and Judaica [emphasis by author]; first and limited editions; and fine press publications. Book collections of note include the Baldwin Shakespeare collection and the McKew-Parr collection on Magellan and the Age of Discovery. Special Collections also holds literary manuscripts of European and American authors such as John Cheever and Joseph Heller, as well as music collections and photographic collections. In addition, it includes collections of materials on the Spanish Civil War, left- and right-wing movements in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, twentieth-century anti-alien and anti-radical movements in the United States, and Zionism. The department also includes the papers of prominent political figures such as Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Disraeli, and Daniel Webster."Following treasures of topics, related to Jewish histories and cultures, are introduced by text and images:
- Sermones Thesauri Novi de Tempore, 1496 bound in Hebrew manuscript
- World War I and World War II Propaganda Posters Collection
- Helmut Hirsch Collection
The Hirsch-Collection is "comprised of correspondence, notebooks, diaries, artwork, poetry and other writings, photographic scrapbooks, and memorial publications, the collection documents the life and trials of a young German Jew who opposed the Nazi regime during the 1930s."