Special Collections
Special Collections

The Dr. Sidney Stohs Mortar and Pestle Collection contains almost 200 mortar and pestle sets, dating from the 1400s to the 1990s. Learn more here!

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

UPCOMING: The Carlson Fable Collection will be featured in a special exhibit at the Joslyn Museum in Omaha from January 27, 2018, to April 29, 2018.  A companion exhibit is planned for the Lied Art Gallery on the Creighton campus.  (More information to follow.)

The Carlson Fable Collection features a wide assortment fables-related materials, including more than 10,000 books and 4,000 objects in at least 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. 

Dr. Sidney Stohs Mortar and Pestle Collection*

Almost 200 mortar and pestle sets collected by Dr. Sidney Stohs which originate from various cultures in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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.