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University Archives & Special Collections

Notice: While construction is taking place in early July 2014, the Archives will be closed to patrons. Researchers can still contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian with research questions or to schedule appointments for later in the summer.

Since the 1970s, the University Archives has been collecting materials that document the history, development, and administration of the university, including records of administrative offices, university publications, course syllabi, records of student organizations, theses, dissertations, and yearbooks. In addition to manuscripts, the Archives collects photographs, textiles, 3-D objects, and moving image and sound media.

The Special Collections consists of rare books and discrete collections from outside the university, containing items that have significance to the university, its individuals, and its programs. The collections include rare and special books as well as periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and manuscripts. Some collecting concentrations are faculty publications, material related to Newport and our gilded age mansions, and books related to the Religious Sisters of Mercy, our founding order.


Four Nuns in front of Ochre Court 1948