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Special Collections and Archives Services

Special Collections Services

Special Collections and Archives supports the teaching and learning mission of the University by providing course-specific instruction, individual research consultations, reference and reproduction services, and by ensuring access to the rich primary source materials that inform our understandings of self, University, community, and the global society.


Research assistance is available in person in our Reading Room and by phone or email during our open hours. No prior appointment is necessary, though it is recommended that researchers traveling a long distance make prior arrangements with Special Collections and Archives staff. In order to make any visit more productive, researchers are encouraged to review information about our collections ahead of time by exploring finding aids, bibliographies, and the library catalog. Limited reproductions can be provided by staff for a fee; self-service digital photography is preferred and it is a free option for on-site researchers.

Instruction and Presentations

Special Collections and Archives partners with faculty to develop course-specific instruction using rare books, archives, maps and other unique items in our classroom space on the 4th floor of the Richardson Library. Digitization of selected materials for use in online instruction is also possible. Faculty who are interested in Special Collections instruction are encouraged to contact the Special Collections Instruction Librarian, Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts, before the start of the academic term.

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