Special Collections
Special Collections


Congratulations to Fr. Carlson on his recent acquisition of a complete set of Marc Chagall’s 102 etchings of Jean de La Fontaine’s French fables. Read more about this wonderful find here!

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Special Collections encompasses thematic collections not specifically related to the history of Creighton University.  Some special collections include historical tools and equipment from the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry; fables literature and memorabilia; religious realia; and artwork from several continents. Some collections are available for viewing online, and most are on display at either the Health Sciences Library or the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library on the campus of Creighton University. We hope to have a more comprehensive list of our Special Collections online soon.

Carlson Fable Collection

Congratulations to Fr. Carlson on two fantastic exhibits! The Carlson Fable Collection was featured in a special exhibit at the Joslyn Museum in Omaha from January 27, 2018, to April 29, 2018.  A companion exhibit at the Lied Art Gallery on the Creighton campus was open until February 11. The displays on the main level of the Reinert Alumni Memorial Library and in the Rare Books Room will remain on display through commencement.

The Carlson Fable Collection features a wide assortment fables-related materials, including more than 9,000 books and 4,000 objects in over 60 different languages. Father Greg Carlson, S.J., continues to develop his collection, which is housed at the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library. Click here to read more about the Carlson Fable Collection on our website. The collection catalog and digital representations of some artifacts can be found here on the Creighton Digital Repository.


Some of our Special Collections are listed below, and we will be adding to the list in the near future. A few of these collections are already on display at Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library or the Health Sciences Library. An asterisk (*) after the title indicates that the collection has an online presence that can be accessed by clicking on the icon.

The Carlson Fable Collection*

A comprehensive collection of fables and fable memorabilia compiled by Creighton professor, Fr. Carlson, SJ. 

The Reals Family Native American Art Collection

A collection of Native American baskets, pottery, statues, and other artwork, housed on the main level of the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library.