The primary purpose of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, arrange, describe, and provide access to unique historical materials and significant research collections. To support and complement this primary mission, we engage in many other activities and offer several services.
For research assistance or questions about the IAWA collections, reference inquiries may be submitted in person, by telephone, or by an email to the department account, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to reply in a timely manner.
Scanning and Copying
A photocopier is available in the Reading Room for patron use. The physical condition of a given item and any stated access restrictions may limit an item's availability to be photocopied as will any stated restriction in a manuscript collection's finding aid.
Scans of materials may be requested. Please allow staff adequate time to process and produce the scans. The physical condition of a given item may limit an item's availability to be scanned as will any stated restriction in a manuscript collection's finding aid.
Special Collections does not charge fees for these services, but we do accept donations.
Compliance with copyright restrictions on use of photocopies and scans are the responsibility of the patron. Special Collections reserves the right to refuse to accept a request to make copies or scans if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that request would involve violation of copyright law. Permission/order forms are available from Special Collections.
Special Collections has developed an active program of instruction through university courses and instructional sessions to introduce students to Special Collections and enrich scholarly exploration of specific topics. For more information on these services or to request a session on the IAWA collections, please contact the Special Collections directly or use the request form on the Library's webpage.
Instructional session prepared for a class in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Outreach and Exhibits
Special Collections maintains an active schedule of in-house and virtual exhibits. We also collaborate with other campus departments and, on occasion, off-campus institutions. Regular exhibits can be viewed on the first floor of Newman Library near the cafe.
Exhibit for the 18th Congress of the International Union of Women Architects, July 2015