Michigan State University


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman
(Brooklyn, 1855)

Researchers visiting Special Collections will find several large literary collections, in addition to a wide variety of first editions over the past five centuries. There are strong holdings in eighteenth century British literature with virtually all the editions and critical works on Shakespeare along with all the important men and women writers of the century. Works by such modern authors as Walt Whitman, Joseph Conrad, Edith Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, and Jorge Luis Borges are also here. American small press poetry of the 1960s-1970s is available, as well as the Michigan Writers Collection, which features the published works and many of the manuscripts of prominent writers with ties to the state.

Online Resources

  • The Richard Ford Papers - A research guide to the papers and published works of Richard Ford held in Special Collections.
  • The Michigan Writers Collection - Biographical and bibliographic information of some of the authors in the collection.
  • The Michigan Writers Series - This series features individual Michigan writers for an evening of readings and discussion with their audience. With the writer's permission, the reading, discussion, and a short interview is taped and made available online.