Interior of the Sandor Teszler Library

Special Collections

Special Collections predominantly consists of several thousand books from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Among these are books given to the College by prominent early and founding faculty, resulting in a collection with strengths in history and historiography, classical and contemporary literature, religion and Christianity, and math and science. Other subcollections of books within Special Collections include those collected by previous stewards of the collection, reflecting interests and activities once associated with the Library, such as the collection of 16th and 17th century books which serve not only as specimens of fine bookmaking and printing (as the Library once owned and operated letterpresses) but also represent the intellectual and scholarly preoccupations of the period. Other subcollections include a children’s collection consisting of over 500 volumes printed between 1845 and 1945, and a hymnal collection consisting of 663 volumes dating from 1805 through 1990. Also included in Special Collections are miscellaneous single items, such as a 16th century bound manuscript Franciscan antiphonarium (chant book), an excellent collection of prints and fine book art by Leonard Baskinmaterials compiled by Dr. Joseph Secondi relating the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, the slide collection of late Wofford history professor and South Carolina historian Dr. Lewis P. Jones, local history materials, and some maps, manuscripts, ephemera, and archives.

A subcollection of Special Collections is the Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Collection. The Littlejohn Collection is a multi-format collection of cultural heritage materials collected by prominent local businessman and philanthropist B.R. Littlejohn, Jr. (1925-2010). The collection reflects the interests of the collector and contains manuscripts and ephemera concerned with the history of the South and South Carolina (including manuscripts by prominent figures of the colonial period), the Civil War and the Confederacy (including manuscripts and archival collections created by general officers and soldiers, Civil War envelopes, pamphlets arguing for or against slavery and secession, and single copies and complete runs of historical newspapers), but the breadth of the Collection reaches from the late colonial period through the end of the 20th century. The collection also contains over one thousand books that complement materials in the Collection.

Contact Special Collections Librarian Luke Meagher with questions or to make an appointment to visit Special Collections.


Sixteenth & Seventeenth Century Imprints: While he was Librarian of Wofford College, Frank J. Anderson and students working with him created several checklists to make it easier to find and use the resources contained in the Littlejohn Rare Books Room. In that spirit we have combined digital images with the descriptive text of two of the checklists, to allow you to see for yourself what this collection has in store for you. We hope these samples from the larger collection will encourage you to come visit us.
Complete list by author
Sixteenth-century works| Seventeenth-century works
Classical authors
Bibles and religious works

The Checklists
Sixteenth Century Imprints. Described and annotated by Frank J. Anderson. Spartanburg: Wofford Library Press, 1971.
Seventeenth Century Imprints. Compiled and annotated by Alan B. Johns. Spartanburg: Wofford Library Press, 1971.

 Other items and collections in Special Collections:

Sacco-Vanzetti materials compiled and composed by Professor Joseph Secondi.

  Mrs. G.C. Smith Recipe Book, Columbia, S.C., 1880.

What's so special about "Special Collections"? 

“Special Collections” is a term that librarians and archivists use to describe materials that are held in a library but are not part of the “General Collection,” i.e., those things in the library stacks that you can check out and/or use freely: books, periodicals, DVDs, and so on. Items in special collections often include such things as rare or valuable books, archives, delicate or fragile materials, manuscripts, ephemera (like posters or tickets), and other items whose uniqueness or value to the institution and general public necessitate that they be sequestered and protected for future use by researchers.

Looking for the Wofford College Archives or the South Carolina United Methodist Collection?