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

Library Services During Spring 2020

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 During Spring 2020

Found in the Archives: March on Selma slides

As we near the end of Black History Month, today’s archival discovery was pretty great. While processing material, a small box of slides was found with a label that made us pause. The yellow slide box said “Selma 1965”. A closer inspection of the material showed a set of color photos of the march on ... Read moreFound in the Archives: March on Selma slides
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