In addition to institutional records, the D’Youville College Archives holds rare books, mainly from the late 19th century. Book publishing expanded rapidly during the 1800s, with books becoming more affordable for the general public. Most were printed with cloth book covers and often embellished with gold stamping, illustrations, or other ornament. Although these books were mass-produced, the charm of the illustrative cover art deserves notice. Below are examples from the rare books collection.