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.

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

Special Collections

Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections preserves, describes, and provides access to unique archival collections and rare books for researchers on campus and across the globe.

University Archives

The University Archives maintains the corporate memory of Case Western Reserve University by preserving and using University records and publications of continuing value. Materials in the Archives document the significant aspects of the University's development and serve as a convenient source of reliable information about University programs, people, policies, and property.

Bill Claspy opening the cover of a rare book in the Hatch Reading Room