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Special Collections Subject Areas

The subject areas covered include Ulster, Ireland, History, Politics, Economics, Theology, Philosophy, Literature and Language.

Readers are advised to check the catalogue for author, title and shelf mark before coming to the Special Collections & Archives Enquiry Desk.

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Reference Books and Journals

Bibliographies, reference books and current issues of journals are located in our Reading Room. Bound journals must be requested at the Enquiry Desk.

Recently purchased book titles are added to our Subject Guide on a regular basis.

Special Collections & Archives Subject Guide

Special Collections Book Prefixes

h = The Hibernica (formerly Henry) Collection is a substantial collection of monographs, periodicals and pamphlets of general Irish interest and /or origin.

e = Collection of works of early economic theory and philosophy dating from the 17th to the late 19th centuries. 

t = Collection of monographs, periodical and facsimiles etc., on or relating to a variety of Hebrew and Jewish subjects and studies. 

x = 19th & 20th Century book, general collection of valuable, limited, fine, or rare material from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

w = 18th Century books & pamphlets, general collection of c.7614 items, of particular note is the series of pamphlets maintained by Irish politician John Foster (1740-1828)

y = Indicating books printed pre 1701

MacD/ = Collection of general literature, Sanskrit and comparative philology from the personal library of Charles MacDouall (1818-1883), first Professor of Latin at Queen's College, Belfast (1849-50) and second Professor of Greek (1850-78). Also at 5Z, B7,B9, B16-18.

Moore/ = Special collection of books etc., by, or relating to, the Irish poet, satirist, composer, and musician, Thomas Moore (1779-1852).

RS/ = Reference books

5Z = Books by QUB academic staff


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Adam Smith Collection

Books from the library of the great Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790)

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General collection of monographs etc from the surviving personal library of the 18th century philosopher and economic theorist, Adam Smith (1723-90). The majority of titles relate principally to Greek and Latin classics and date mostly from the 18th century. 

The collection does, however, include a number of early works from the 16th and 17th centuries, of which can be found some particularly fine bindings. Notable items include a 1546 edition of the Marsilius Ficinus translation of Plato and four folio volumes of Aristotle's complete works, c 1728. The collection also includes a few additional items of more recent date (19th century) acquired by Smith's descendants.

Collection Level Description available on RASCAL.

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Antrim Presbytery Collection

A collection of theological, philosophical and literary works.

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Collection of theological, philosophical and literary works ranging from the 16th to 18th Centuries, maintained and accumulated by the Presbyterian congregations in Belfast and Antrim, 1765-1873, for the purposes of local intellectuals and Presbyterian ministers. 

In addition to items on theology, philosophy and religion, the collection is notable for its material on the Classics, civil and ecclesiastical history and politics. The majority of these titles date from before 1800. Items of later date (19th century) include mainly published sermons and addresses produced locally.

Collection Level Description available on RASCAL. 

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Simms Medical Collection

Extensive collection of early medical works

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Once described as one of the most selective and extensive of collections in private hands, the Simms Medical collection is an outstanding assemblage of works concerning the practice of medicine and medical history. It comprises a few 17th century medical texts, first and early editions of 18th, 19th and 20th century texts and monographs, in addition to works on the history of medicine and medical biography.

Distinguished library of early medical works and medical history belonging to Dr Samuel Simms (d. 1967) of Belfast. Many of the titles included in the collection can be found listed in the Garrison and Morton Medical Bibliography (1983).

The Simms Medical Collection can also be searched for in the Library Catalogue and identified by the prefix Simm/

Click here to view the digital exhibition 'Samuel Simms Collection of Medical Texts'.

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