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Special Collections & University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives is home to the Kelvin Smith Library’s rare books and manuscripts collections, and the records of Case Western Reserve University.

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The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

In the Freedman Center, the Digital Scholarship Team brings expertise and technology together in support of students, faculty and staff pursuing interdisciplinary, collaborative and experimental research and learning. An open-concept workspace, the Freedman Center features dozens of state-of-the-art equipment, diverse hardware and cutting-edge software.

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Kelvin Smith Library, Art Gallery, 1st Floor

LGBTQ AT CWRU is an exhibit recognizing LGBTQ advocacy and actions as part of the University's history. Contributors include the CWRU LGBT Center and University Archives


Search finding tool now available for Karamu House archives

In 2021, Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library acquired the archive from Karamu House, the oldest African-American producing theater in the United States known for nurturing the careers of Ruby Dee, Robert Guillaume and Langston Hughes.

Taylor and Francis Online Journals

Faculty, staff, and students now have access to all journal titles from Taylor & Francis - adding over 2,000 new online journal titles to the CWRU Libraries collections.

The need to provide access was driven by library user suggestions and turnaway data across the…

Art of Stem is back!

Kelvin Smith Library presents the 5th edition of the Art of STEM Competition and Exhibit that showcases scientific work through creative visuals and explanations. Case Western Reserve University faculty, students and staff, Cleveland Institute of Art students who collaborate…