Thanks to a 1971 donation, we have one of the finest Poe collections in the world, including the only surviving copy of "The Raven" in Poe's handwriting.
This collection is rich in autograph manuscripts and letters, and includes copies of all the first editions of Poe's works. Manuscripts in this collection include "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," and "For Annie."
The rarest of the printed pieces are the first edition of Tamerlane (1827) and the "Balloon Hoax" (1844). The collection also includes the periodicals and gift books in which many of Poe's poems and stories first appeared, as well as later editions and translations of his works.