Welcome to Special Collections
The Special Collections unit of the Michigan State University Libraries collects, houses, and preserves rare and unique materials within the MSU Libraries. Our materials cover a vast array of topics from Africana to Veterinary Medicine. These materials are available to the public in our reading room.
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An extensive selection of writings by and about one of the world's most celebrated librarians is held in Special Collections. The librarian is Jorge Luis Borges, whose short stories, essays, and poetry influenced generations of writers and readers. The Borges collection, acquired in 1973, contains virtually all the first editions of Borges' works, including Ficciones (Buenos Aires, 1944), the MSU Libraries two millionth volume. The most recent addition to the collection is the manuscript of his celebrated 1950 essay, La Muralla y Los Libros ("The Wall and the Books"), which was a gift of Professor Donald Yates in 2003.