The Peirce Center seeks to engage undergraduates in original research that takes advantage of the rich resources in Special Collections & Archives at the Goucher College Library.

The Peirce Center is a multidisciplinary laboratory where students may direct their own exploration with guidance from librarians and faculty. Students learn to interpret information, evaluate context, and engage in original scholarship.

The Center supports internships, research fellowships, course development and enhancement, lectures, master classes, field trips, digitization projects, exhibits, and other programs. The Center also partners with faculty to incorporate rare and special materials into their curricula and pedagogies, enhancing Goucher's reputation for offering innovative learning opportunities.

The Patricelli Family Foundation Internships and the Sally Gilger Barnes '46 Archives Endowment also operate under the Peirce Center. Once a year, students are invited to participate in the Brooke and Carol Peirce Colloquium, an opportunity for Peirce Fellows, Patricelli interns, Barnes interns, and others to present their work and hear guest speakers on topics that are relevant to the mission of the Center.

The Center operates as a programmatic component of Special Collections & Archives of Goucher College and is directed by the curator of special collections and archives along with an advisory steering committee that includes faculty, staff, students, scholars, and the college librarian.