Guide to the Research Collections
Books of a general nature are included in this collection, as well as books of instruction and books on such related topics as the bayonet, sword exercise, stage fencing, etc. Although there are a number of files of older fencing periodicals in the holdings, only one title is received currently, American Fencing
(1954-), in film reproduction. Perhaps most significant in the holdings on fencing are a number of early books of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the Spencer Collection and the Rare Book Division by Salvatore Fabris, Henry de Saint Didier, Angelo Vizani, and others. A related collection on dueling is made up of over 500 volumes ranging from the sixteenth century to the present and including notable seventeenth- to nineteenth-century ordinances, court decisions, laws, and proclamations against dueling in England, Europe, Mexico, and Argentina.