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Special Collections & Archives

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical access to and use of Special Collections and Archives may be limited. Please see the Special Collections page and the University Archives page for details on using our collections.

Scholarly Resources and Special Collections is home to the Kelvin Smith Library’s rare books and manuscripts collections, and the University’s archives.

Our team supports and promotes the use of these unique and distinctive collections through acquisition, maintenance, preservation, and exhibition of our holdings.

The primary research materials that make up our collections span centuries, from ancient Greece and Rome through 21stcentury archival records, and draw use by CWRU faculty and students as well as visiting scholars and the general public.

Archives Space logo showing large blue 'A' and 'ArchivesSpace' below

ArchivesSpace is a web-based archives information management system and discovery tool for the historical records and primary resources held in the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections.

Archives and Manuscript collections can be accessed via our ArchivesSpace instance.

Front page of January 1893 issue of the Adelbert student newspaper

More than 150 years of information about Case Western Reserve University student life is freely available online through Special Collections & Archives. Written by students for students, student newspapers are a particularly important source of information about student culture and university history. 

The collection can be accessed via our Student Newspaper Archive website.

Head of Special Collections, Bill Claspy, instructing a group of students in the Hatch Reading Room