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.

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

Bluemner Collection

A selection of the more than 1,000 pieces of artist Oscar Bluemner’s work. The full Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection is housed in Stetson University’s Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center.

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 T. Wayne Bailey 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 200 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 T. Wayne Bailey Politicos Room that holds some of the Shaw Collection.

Stetson Collection

Book, video/DVDs, CDs and other material that relates directly to Stetson University. Also included in the Stetson Collection is the Stetson Alumni Authors Collection and the Stetson Faculty Authors 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.