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Rare and Special Books

Geneva Collection

The Geneva Collection is a local history collection with books on the history of Geneva, Ontario County, and the Finger Lakes. The collection includes Geneva city directories. There are also some select works on the Rochester area, Genesee are, and a few items on larger New York topics.

Potter Historical Collection

Books from the personal library of John Milton Potter make up the Potter Historical Collection. The more than 200 books in this collection date from the sixteenth through the early twentieth centuries.

Seneca Collection

The Seneca Collection includes faculty publications, select alumni and alumnae publications, and books on the history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. College publications and yearbooks are also included.

Special Closed Collection (SCC)

The Colleges' rare book collection, the Special Closed Collection (SCC), has its origins in a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, books purchased for Hobart College's library as well as items from the personal collections of Benjamin Hale and Warren Hunting Smith. The collection spans the fifteenth to late twentieth centuries, with items published in New York, New England, and the Middle Atlantic States, as well as England, France, and other European countries.

Rare books on shelves in Archives storage

Relevant Digital Collections

Some items in the Geneva and Seneca Collections are digitized and available on the Digital Collections page.