We love manuscripts. And we especially love beautiful manuscript books, like this German prayer book, written and scrumptiously decorated by hand by a man called Johann Wolf in 1805, and now in our special collections…

We love salmon in Portland. And we love early 20th-century salmon labels from the Henry Dosch papers, in our special collections…

A sweet little chapbook—poems by Joanna McClure, with a cover portrait of the poet by another fine poet, Michael McClure (Coffee House Press, 1987)—has arrived in the special collections, a gift in the midst of her papers from Sandy Tilcock and her fine lone goose press

Only seven more days to see this lovely book—Intuit and Reason—which refers to itself, a book by Doug Shafer, in the current exhibition "Unique: One-of-a-Kind Items from the Special Collections" which ends on July 30th…

Artist Candace Hicks is represented in the current exhibition, “Unique: One-of-a-Kind Items from the Special Collections,” her 2009 book an embroidered, soft book with hand-sewn texts, on top of sewn lines in a book that appears as if it was an old composition notebook…

An image from Geek Love the phenomenally popular 1989 novel written by Portlander Katherine Dunn, this from the special edition, ours one of 32 special copies each with unique original gouache paintings by Mare Blocker from this National Book Award, on exhibit now in the special collections…

It’s almost here! Portland’s Grand Floral Parade of the Rose Festival is happening on Saturday, June 7th, much like it did here on another June day in 1928, from the special collections…

Joaquin Miller, the Bard of the Sierras, a poet born with the name of Cincinnatus Heine Miller, here pictured at the Forestry Building in Portland, at the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition in 1905, from our special collections…

Happy Birthday, Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), author of this extraordinary postcard in our special collections that he wrote to William Burroughs on August 28, 1965, a few days after he saw The Beatles at Memorial Coliseum in Portland…

Dadaist Man Ray (1890-1976) created this “lautgedicht,” a sound poem, that is also a shaped poem, one of Andrew Hoyem's Arion Press broadsides currently on exhibit for only two more days in our special collections, today and tomorrow…