General information about the special collections of the University of Turku Library
The special collections were made mostly during the 20th century.
Most of the materials have been received as donations (private individuals, organizations).
Some of the materials are printed and some are handwritten.
Different material types: books, reports, decisions, manuscripts, correspondences, notes, photographs.
Some of the collections are owned by the library, some are collections deposited in the library by faculties.
The collections are divided under three separate headings: archival material, the ex libris collection, and book collections.
The different library units also hold their discipline-specific special collections, which are not included in this guide.
Some of the special collections form complete collections, while some still accumulate. Completed collections include, for example, private archives and collections donated by private individuals.
The accumulating collections are s.FeKa (Fenno-Kareliana), which contains books, magazines and newspapers in Finnish, Russian and Finnish-related languages. The accumulating collections also include incunabula and s.Amer. (the collection on Finnish Americans).