Appendix 1

General Policies Governing Materials

Books belonging to any of the following categories are to be sent to The Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

  1. Early imprints issued prior to the dates indicated below:
    • Europe: 1821
    • Asia: 1821
    • English language imprints from any location: 1821
    • United States and Possessions: 1851 except

      City/State Year
      Alaska 1901
      Arizona 1891
      Arkansas 1871
      Boston 1821
      California 1876
      Chicago 1872
      Colorado 1877
      Florida 1861
      Hawaii 1861
      Idaho 1891
      Iowa 1861
      Kansas 1876
      Minnesota 1866
      Montana 1891
      Nebraska 1876
      Nevada 1891
      New Mexico 1876
      New York City 1821
      North Dakota 1891
      Oklahoma 1871
      Oregon 1876
      Philadelphia 1821
      South Dakota 1891
      Texas 1861
      Utah 1891
      Washington 1876
      Wyoming 1891
    • Confederate States imprints: 1860-1865
    • Africa: 1851
    • Australia: 1851
    • Canada: 1851, except

      Province Year
      Alberta 1901
      British Columbia 1901
      Manitoba 1901
      Saskatchewan 1901
    • Latin America: 1851

    Note: In the case of periodical, newspaper and other serial sets started prior to and continued after the dates indicated above, only those “early imprint” volumes known to be rare are to be sent to The Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
  2. Works of high market value (generally over $1,000 per volume).
  3. Works printed in editions of 100 copies or less.
  4. Exceptionally finely produced books, including superfine facsimiles.
  5. Examples of private press publications.
  6. Ephemeral works of special importance (e.g., scarce pamphlets or broadsides).
  7. Delicate works whose storage or use requires special care or mediation.
  8. Works with important provenance or association (e.g., presentation copies signed by important authors).
  9. Manuscripts, except those within the scope of the University Archives or the Illinois Historical Survey.
  10. Books with movable parts, e.g., pop-up books.
  11. Children’s books printed before 1920.
  12. Material that may enhance one of the named special collections or collection areas of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (e.g., Wells, Sandburg, Merwin, Mark Twain, Proust, Milton). For a selective list of named special collections see: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/rbx/manuscript.htm.
  13. The archival copy of all University theses.

Appendix rev. 7/2/2008