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Special Collections for the Student Worker

Special Collections has two main divisions: books and archives. Each are organized and housed differently, and need to be searched using different systems. There are location lists in each in Special Collections room and on the Reading Room table for you to consult before you attempt to locate a book.

Books are arranged by call number using the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.  Books are cataloged and therefore found using WorldCat.

Archives are stored generally in document boxes, and are arranged by name, box and folder number. They are found using ArchivesSpace. They can hold a variety of physical items - letters, paper records, scrapbooks, artifacts, and books. There can also be larger items in the archives, such as a tool chest or furniture.

The tabs under this heading offer brief descriptions of the two ways in which we access our collections.