Scope and Contents
Our general rare books collection, called the Milwaukee-Downer Collection, contains over 2,500 titles including signed first editions, nineteenth century great works, and Bible editions, and commentaries. Some highlights include first editions of Twain, Hawthrone and Howells, an Erasmus commentary of 1522, and an incunabulum of 1493 entitled Liber Chronicarum. We also have certain Catholic and Lutheran devotionals held nowhere else in North America. Scans of pages from select titles are available in Lux, the Lawrence University Institutional Repository.