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Classical Studies Resources

Welcome to the guide for Classical Studies resources in Special Collections!

Special Collections and Rare Books at Ellis Library has a range of materials related to the field of Classics, including:

  • medieval and Renaissance manuscripts of works by Ambrose, Augustine, Ovid, and Priscian
  • printed editions from the 15th century to the 20th century of works by all of the major Classical authors
  • secondary literature related to Classics from the Renaissance to the 20th century
  • extensive microform collections, including the whole of the Bibliotheca Palatina on microfiche

More general information related to the field of Classics can be found in the following LibGuides:

All original items can be used in the Special Collections reading room (401 Ellis). A selection of items, including the Fragmenta Manuscripta collection, is available online.

Come and visit us at 401 Ellis!

Know Before You Go

If at all possible, please register as a Special Collections user in advance.

Online registration form

Bring a photo ID! Your MU student ID or a driver's license will be fine.

Most materials can't be checked out, but you can put them on hold in the reading room.

Allowed at the reading tables: pencils, paper, laptop computers, mobile devices (silenced), and cameras. You'll be asked to store your backpack, coat, and other personal belongings elsewhere.

You can take pictures with your phone or a camera.  But remember – no flash!  Special Collections staff can make photos or scans for you for a fee.

More information on using Special Collections