Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections & Archives Department includes rare books, personal papers, photographs, the college archives, and other unique research materials. The collections support primary research in many disciplines including art and art history, dance, English, British and U.S. history, women's studies, peace studies, and other areas of study.  Students, faculty, and outside researchers are encouraged to explore our unique collections.

User guidelines are provided to help researchers prepare for their visit.  The staff and student workers of the Special Collections & Archives also curate a Tumblr with items and information found in our collections.

In accordance with its gift policy, the department welcomes gifts of books and archival material that document the college's history or support its current and evolving curriculum and research needs. 

Locating Special Collections & Archives Materials

Most rare books and many of the manuscript collections are searchable in the Library's catalog. Visit the Locating Special Collections & Archives Materials Locating Special Collections & Archives Materials page for more information on searching materials.

Location & Hours

The Special Collections & Archives Department is located on the fourth level of the Athenaeum and is open to researchers 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for when the campus is closed. 

Contact Information

For general information or to schedule an appointment, please call 410-337-6075.

Please submit reference/research inquiries to archives@goucher.edu.

If you are inquiring for a class or faculty or student research, please contact the Special Collections & Archives at archives@goucher.edu.