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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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Laced with Love

Kelvin Smith Library, Art Gallery, 1st Floor

Laced with Love is a collaborative exhibit featuring painters who create work along the topics of femininity and feminism. The exhibit is organized by emerging artist Arianna Papai, a Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) painting major, as part of the school's Creativity Works internship program. Papai partnered with KSL and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in developing this exhibit and a blackout poetry event in April 2024. 

The exhibit will remain on view until August 2024 and also features the work of CIA students Jamie Brinker and Emily Fontana. 


Celebrate Pride Month with KSL!

KSL Features Book Pop-Up
On the first floor of KSL, find librarian-selected fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and traditional titles that highlight LGBTQIA+ identity, history, and voices. Explore the selection, and if you see something you like – bring it to the…

Apply now for the 2024-25 Freedman Faculty Fellowship!

The Freedman Fellows Program is now accepting applications from full-time faculty for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

The Freedman Fellows Program, which is administered and supported by the Digital Scholarship team in Kelvin Smith Library, has provided more than $260,…

Save the Date: Faculty and Staff Authors Celebration!


September 18, 2024 at 4PM
Kelvin Smith Library, Freedman Center Collaboration Commons

Save the date for a celebration of CWRU Faculty and Staff Authors with special guest Joy K. Ward, provost and executive vice president of Case Western…