Special Collections

In addition to the University Archives, the duPont-Ball Library also houses and manages some rare or valuable materials not directly related to the University’s history. Along with some ephemera, Special Collections include the items such as those listed below.

To locate named Special Collections in WebCat, use the drop down LOCATION menu on the bottom half of the search screen to choose collection names.

For access to the library’s Special Collections, please contact Susan Ryan, Library Dean, sryan@stetson.edu.


Cleland Collection

Large collection of personal, military, and political memorabilia of Joseph Maxwell “Max” Cleland, Stetson alumnus, decorated Vietnam veteran,head of the Veterans Administration under President Jimmy Carter, and former U.S. Senator from Georgia. See also Cleland video clips and Cleland audio clips from Vietnam. Please ask to see our Politicos Room that holds some of the Cleland Collection.

Greenlaw Collection

Large collection of children’s books, many of them first editions and signed by the author and/or illustrator. Donated by Stetson alumna and University of North Texas Professor Emeritus Jean Greenlaw.

Regar Collection

The Regar Collection includes 13 Civil War era letters written by James Frederick Allen before, during, and after he became a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison, the spoon Allen used at Andersonville, the Bible he had in prison, and a number of other family keepsakes. The collection also includes 100 family photos. The collection was donated by James Frederick Allen’s direct descendants Donald Allen Regar and his four children, Donald Allen Regar, Jr., Alison Regar Betancor, Allen William Regar, and Adam Frederick Regar.

Shaw Collection

The official Congressional papers of Representative E. Clay Shaw, Stetson alumnus, who represented south Florida in the U.S. Congress for 26 years. The collection includes a large collection of official papers, policy notebooks, videos,DVDs, and many photos. Please ask to see our Politicos Room that holds some of the Shaw Collection.

Surratt Collection: James B. Reynolds Papers

A collection of fourteen historical manuscripts: thirteen letters written between 1816 and 1864 to U.S. Rep. James B. Reynolds, a 19th-century congressman from Tennessee, and a handwritten draft of a circular Reynolds wrote to his constituents in 1825. The collection was donated to Stetson by Dr. James Surratt, Volusia school superintendent from 1984 to 1991.

Treasure Collection of Rare Books

Books deemed rare or valuable are assigned to the Treasure collection. Titles can be browsed by searching the library catalog and changing the location drop-box to TREASURE.