Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

Special Collections

  • Special Collections include materials which for reasons of rarity or fragility, format, or association with the University or local community, have been separated from the Main Collection.

    While some materials remain in storage, the majority of Special Collections are on the 6th floor of the Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons. All materials, with the exception of the E.M. Standing Montessori and Seattle University History Collections, are accessible through the online catalog.

    Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Requests may be made to the Collections Librarian by email or telephone and by completing the online request form .

    Notable special collections

    The Nathalie T. Wilson Collection of Mary, Queen of Scots 

    This collection was willed to Seattle University in 1965 by the late Mrs. Nathalie T. Wilson. It includes approximately 350 rare and valuable books written about Queen Mary or owned by the Queen’s family. The collection includes books written in English, French, Italian and Latin.

    The Melville Harrison Hatch Collection of Darwin 

    Donated by Seattle University Professor Emeritus John Toutonghi in honor of his family, this collection of 129 items includes books on science, evolution and ethics by and about Charles Darwin. Notable titles include early editions of the Origin of Species and the Voyage of the Beagle.

    The A.H. Sonsthagen Napoleonic Collection

    Acquired by Seattle University in 1947, this remarkable collection of 2000 volumes, in English, French, German and Scandinavian languages, records the life of Napoleon, his campaigns and achievements. Of particular note, Le Moniteur Universel, dating from 1789-1810, is an official French journal of government policy.

    The E.M.Standing Collection of Maria Montessori Materials 

    E. Mortimer Standing, an international authority in the Montessori method of teaching and early childhood education, was associated with Maria Montessori for more than thirty years. He assisted her in training courses and conducted many himself throughout the world. Author of 3 books on Montessori, his collection includes a variety of materials relating to her life and work, among them are manuscripts, correspondence, lectures, pamphlets, photos and some curriculum materials.

    Seattle University History Collection 

    The purpose of this collection is to collect and preserve important primary source materials relating to the history and activities of Seattle University, its past and present members and its surrounding communities. Materials in this collection include, but are not limited to: printed documents, administrative records, correspondence, photographs, film and videos, maps, scrapbooks, yearbooks, The Spectator, and sound recordings.