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Special Collections

Research & Instructional Services

Class Visits

We welcome opportunities to describe our collections and to explain access to them through bibliographic instruction classes and presentations about particular collections or topics of research. In addition, the resources of the department are available to aid faculty and graduate students in their teaching, either in the classroom or in the library, by special arrangement. Examples of materials consulted by previous classes can be found here.

To schedule an introductory class to Special Collections or to arrange to use Special Collections materials in the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library for a course, please send an email to As there is a great demand to the use the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, professors are encouraged to contact as far in advance as possible in order to ensure that their schedule can be accommodated.

Research Consultation

Special Collections offers reference services on-site Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, as well as Saturday, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm during Fall and Spring Semesters.

The reference staff at Special Collections is committed to helping you navigate the enormous range of resources available to you and assuring that you are comfortable using them. The best way to understand the collections and how they may assist you in your research or teaching is to stop by and talk to a member of our reference staff. They can help you develop strategies for effectively searching the Library Catalog and help you probe the archival and manuscript collections. You may also send your queries to