EDHE 6064: Higher Education in the United States: Home

About this guide

This guide is designed to help students in EDHE 6064 locate resources in Special Collections and University Archives relating to the history of higher education generally, as well as about specific topics. There are also links to collections and resources available online and from other cultural heritage institutions. The guide is broken up into several sections.

Content Warnings: symbols of white supremacy, school shootings, depictions of sexual anatomy/sex acts, graphic or offensive language
Our collections contain historical content presented without alteration. This content may make some people uncomfortable. Please take care of yourself and let your instructor know if you need time to process or other support to navigate specific content. Since no one person knows the full extent of everything in our collections, it is impossible to note all potential triggers that may be encountered.

Materials by Format

This section includes information about using tools (catalogs, finding aids, databases, etc) to locate primary and secondary sources by format. This includes books, manuscripts, oral histories, photographs and other photographic formats, digital collections, and art and artifacts.

Materials by Topic

This section contains lists of resources (primarily in Special Collections and University Archives) relating to broad topics within the history of higher education.

Additional Guides & Search Tools

This section contains resources for developing search strategies and for locating primary and secondary sources at other cultural heritage institutions.

Main Library Help

This section provides information about how to access general University Libraries services outside of Special Collections and University Archives.

Barracks Number 1 seen from the East, circa 1888-1889.

Barracks No. 1, the first dormitory on campus (now Lane Hall). Harry Downing Temple, Jr. Papers (Ms1988-039)

About Special Collections and University Archives


Special Collections and University Archives is currently open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Appointments are not required, but strongly encouraged (**see below)

Appointments can be made by visiting the SCUA Seat Reservation page (instructions are included on this page)

Virtual reference help remains available at specref@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-6308

**By making an appointment, you will help us limit the number of researchers using our Reading Room at any one time for health and safety; guarantee you a seat at the requested time; and help us plan for your visit, for example, making sure the materials needed are on site and available.

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This guide was adapted with permission from a course LibGuide originally created by Kira Dietz.