Welcome to Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives is the home of the University’s archives, local history, manuscript and rare book collections, and is open to the Wesleyan community and the public. Our department holds and provides access to 10,000 linear feet of archival materials and over 45,000 rare books.

But there’s more to Special Collections & Archives than just our collections! 

  • We answer hundreds of reference questions every year
  • We offer class instruction and Personal Research Sessions for Wesleyan faculty and students
  • We host events, open houses, and exhibitions during Homecoming/Family Weekend, Reunion/Commencement, and throughout the year

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Library/SCA Blog

Documenting Wesleyan’s COVID-19 Experiences

The Wesleyan community has responded in wide, inspiring ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is rare that we know what will become a historic moment while it’s occurring, but it’s clear that we are all living and making history right now. As an archivist, I am always interested in recording these efforts so that they ... Read moreDocumenting Wesleyan’s COVID-19 Experiences

Library Services to Support Remote Learning and Research

Updated on March 27th Our top priority is to ensure as many resources and services as possible are available remotely so that teaching, learning, and research can continue. Services will be adjusted as necessary in compliance with university guidelines and changing conditions.  Visit this page often for access to the latest information. Important resources for ... Read moreLibrary Services to Support Remote Learning and Research
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