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Special Collections

In addition to the main specialized collection areas financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds further extensive and historically grown collections in a variety of areas.
 
Manuscripts and Modern Papers
One of the world's largest collections of valuable medieval manuscripts, numerous modern manuscripts, music manuscripts, hand-drawn maps, Oriental manuscripts, almost 1,000 items from personal papers and over 36,000 autographs
 
Rare and Early Printed Books
Blockbooks, incunabula, printed works of the 16th and 18th centuries, art books, modern bibliophilia, reserves, collection of book bindings
 
Maps
Printed maps, atlases, cartographic documents
 
Image Archive
Collection of portraits and topographical views, photograph archives of Heinrich Hoffmann, Gerhard E. Habermann, Bernhard Johannes and Felicitas Timpe
 
Official Publications
Official publications of the Federal Republic of Germany, documents of the United Nations