Special Collections

The Cardinal Cushing Library retains a small Special Collection of rare publications from 15th to the 20th centuries.  The Special Collections room is located on the second floor of the Library. The collection focus revolves around Boston Irish-Catholic History, though  some items related to Emmanuel Emmanuel College Library Staff, 1956-1957College, while other older volumes were gifted to the Library. 

Some of the subject areas covered in this Special Collection include volumes of Biblical commentaries, early Church writers, Church histories, Saints’ lives, Bibles, biographies, multi-volume sets of literary works, and a few early 20th century first editions, some signed by the author.  This collection is for study purposes and the library does not actively collect or purchase rare books.

The Special Collections strive to increase awareness of the rare publications for interested groups. Please feel free to explore the site and enjoy your visit. For access or a request to view an item in the Special Collections contact the archives.