Some of the services that are provided in Special Collections are:

Reference and Research Assistance

Special Collections provides reference service in-person and via email, mail, fax and phone. Staff can assist with the library catalog and the collection finding aids, can help identify material of interest and can answer questions about holdings and services. While staff members do not provide research services, they can help find student assistants who are willing to do the research for a fee (to be negotiated between the patron and the student).

Research Consultations

Special Collections provides consultations to researchers interested in using its unique materials. A consultation can include the formulation of a paper/thesis/dissertation topic based on the Unit’s holdings, instruction in using the collection finding aids effectively and assistance in identifying material at other institutions that can be used to research the topic chosen.

Tours & Class Instruction

Special Collections conducts tours for university classes and outside groups. A tour includes general information about the collections, services and programs of the Unit, a glimpse of some of the items in the collections and a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities. Class tours also include instruction on how to use the collections effectively.

Information for Visitors

Permission to Publish

Reproduction/Duplication Services

Special Collections allows the duplication of papers, photographs, slides, video, microfilm and audio in its collections, provided they are not subject to restrictions due to the condition/fragility of the item, copyright, and any donor stipulations. Photocopies and scans up to 11 x 17 can be handled in Special Collections. Other materials are sent to commercial vendors for processing.

Patrons may photograph materials, including fragile materials and artifacts, under the supervision of Special Collections staff. Flash photography is not permitted.

Price list for photocopies, scans and photograph reproductions. Please contact us if you are interested in duplicating microfilm, audio or video from our collection.


If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation or tour, contact us.