The Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections is home to rare books and several unique collections of material that are available for research, classroom, and exhibit use. For more information, please contact the University Archivist.
Nicholas B. Scheetz Celtic Collection
This collection comprises nearly 500 items representing the historical arc of Celtic literatures, and their influence on the geographic/spatial concerns of Celtic languages across the British and Irish Isles. Featuring works in the major Celtic languages in use today, it is is an invaluable resource for all scholars of the Celtic experience.
Book of Kells
A facsimile edition of the Book of Kells is on permanent display in the library and available for classroom use. A replica of the original Book of Kells housed at Trinity College in Dublin, this facsimile mimics the thickness of the original vellum pages, complete with text, illustrations, wormholes, and even "mistakes" made by the scribes who created the original. To request the use of this or other special collections material, please contact the University Archivist. To visit Trinity College's online version of the book, click here.
St. John's Bible
The seven-volume Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible is on permanent display in the library and available for classroom use. As the first and only handwritten, illuminated Bible in the modern era, the St. John's Bible is a work of both theology and art; it's mix of ancient and contemporary imagery sparks discussion and reflection. To request the use of this or other special collections material, please contact the University Archivist. To visit the St. John's Bible website, click here.
Walter J. Petry Collection - Nicaragua: the Sandinista Years (1979-1990)
This eclectic collection of material includes books, newspapers, journals, pamphlets, posters and objects related to the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. This unique collection was donated to the University by Walter J. Petry, Jr., Professor Emeritus, who made several trips to Nicaragua during the years 1983 through 1992.