Did you know Ellis Library has over 4,000 comic book titles? They're in Special Collections and Rare Books, on the west fourth floor of the library.
The Comic Art Collection has particular strength in underground comic books, graphic novels, and classic comic strips and cartoons. Special Collections also has the papers and original artwork of five American cartoonists with ties to Mizzou.
Overall, the collection contains 1000 pieces of original art, 100+ syndicate proofs, over 30 cubic feet of manuscript materials, hundreds of clippings, and over 4,000 catalogued comic books, journals, and monographs. More information
The Comic Collection is a closed stacks collection (meaning that users need to request materials to be delivered to the reading room). However, you can browse the entire Comic Collection in the MERLIN catalog.
Special Collections and Rare Books houses rare and unique materials that span over four thousand years. The collections include books, maps, posters, pamphlets, comics, artwork, artifacts, personal papers, and over 8 million titles on microform. Many of these materials are valuable primary sources.
The materials in Special Collections are here because they are fragile, one-of-a-kind, and they have lasting value for research. Because of this, the procedures for using books and other materials are a little different from what you may be used to in libraries. This guide will walk you through the process of finding and requesting materials in Special Collections.
Here's a step-by-step guide to requesting materials from Special Collections to use in your research.