What Are Storied Books?

The Rare Book collection is home to more than 60,000 books, manuscripts, and other printed items from around the world.

Each one has been different things to different people across its lifetime. The project showcases the lives, past and present, that our collections have, and highlights the individuals who animate them.

For more information about the collections please see the Special and Area Studies Collections Homepage.

Write Your Own Story

Whether you’re far along in your research or you’re just hearing about the library, your thought is what animates the collections. Our project offers fellowships on a yearly basis to introduce new and seasoned researchers to the materials we have here.

Click below to learn how to join our team.

Research Opportunities

A man sits at a bookwheel.

For Undergraduates

University Scholarships in Special Collections

Discovery Fellowships in Special Collections

Other opportunities are available, please contact us for more information.

The Storied Books Blog

Women and Stems

This post comes to us from Discovery Fellow Hannah Whitaker I entered this fellowship with an interest in children’s literature and natural history books, and quickly gravitated towards Victorian Era botanical texts written by women for children – a niche, yet important, genre. Historical Floridan literature also piqued my interest, as I delved into a …

Selling Wellness, pt. II – The Development of Public Health

This post comes to us from Discovery Fellow Arianna Zhai I began my research with a focus on how the public understands and communicates “public health knowledge,” with the acknowledgment that widely accepted remedies have changed greatly over the course of the 19th and 20th century. In the course of the Discovery Fellowship, I have …


Storied Books is a one-man band at the moment.

Neil Weijer, Curator of the Rare Book collection, directs the project, supervises the research fellows, makes the coffee, and when he has time, even looks at a book or two.