Special Collections

Special Collections in Kelvin Smith Library supports the teaching and research of Case Western Reserve University’s faculty and students and makes its holdings accessible to the local, national and international community of scholars and researchers.

Special Collections maintains the archives of institutions such as the Cleveland Play House and moCa Cleveland, collections of personal papers of people associated with CWRU and the Cleveland area, such as The Charles F. Brush, Sr. Papers, and specialized collections of manuscript material, such as the Frances W. and H. Jack Lang Letter Collection. In addition to preserving manuscript material, Special Collections is home to the rare book collections of Kelvin Smith Library.

We support special events, such as our annual Student Book Collecting Contest; as well as exhibits, symposia, and conferences relating to our collections. We encourage student and faculty participation in the Collections Research track of the Freedman Fellows Student Program supporting digital research projects involving our diverse collections. We welcome instructional use of our materials in the Henry R. Hatch Reading Room to teach primary source and visual literacy, provide engagement with unique resources, and to contextualize historical objects and events.