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Special Collections

  • What is a Special Collection? 

    A separate part of a library that includes materials that are too valuable, rare, or delicate to be included in the general collection. Special Collections often include smaller collections of works by/about a specific author or on a particular subject.

  • Why use Special Collections?

    Special Collections includes archives of materials that can't be found anywhere such as letters, journals, and photographs. Non-book materials are for the most part not included in Voyager, so you will need to visit Special Collections to search for those items.

    Using Special Collections

    What can you find in Special Collections?

    Here you will find rare books including notable copies of works of literature, history, religion, and other subjects. In addition to books, Special Collections also has archives of materials relevant to Southwestern University, Georgetown, and Texas history. The archives include an array of interesting Civil War materials such as correspondence about the war and Confederate money,

    How can you access Special Collections materials?

    To retrieve Special Collections materials, follow the signs on the second floor of Smith Library Center to the Special Collections office - Room 254. These collections are open from 9:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. The Special Collections staff will have you sign in and then they will retrieve the items for you. You can study the materials you requested in the reading room, which is labeled on the map as John G. Tower Library.

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    Archives can primarily be searched from a database that is accessible in Special Collections, but books can be located through the same Voyager online catalog that you use to find materials in the main library. You can limit your Voyager search results to only items from Special Collections in one of two ways:

    1) By going to "Limit Your Search" on the right side of the search result screen and selecting "Add filter: Special Collections"



    2) By limiting results to Special Collections under the Advanced Keyword Search features

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