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The Special Collections and University Archives Department of the University Libraries is committed to supporting and advancing the educational mission of Drew University. Comprised of a number of distinctive collections, our mission is to acquire, preserve, provide access to and promote the use of primary and special secondary resources in all formats. Collections are open to all members of the university as well as outside communities.

Most Special Collections are housed in the United Methodist Archives and History Center, located across the courtyard from the Learning Center/Rose Memorial Library buildings. Among these collections are the Methodist Library, as well as significant holdings of Willa Cather, Walt Whitman, Byron, cartoon and graphic arts, the New Jersey governorship of Thomas Kean, and theological and religious source materials in liturgy, denominational history, biblical studies, slavery, missions and witchcraft. The University Archives collects and preserves the historical records of Drew University, and is located in the Rose Memorial Library building. Archival collections include, but are not limited to, the non-current permanent records of the Theological School, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, and College of Liberal Arts; complete runs of Drew publications including the student newspaper The Acorn and the Drew Magazine; a photographic record of buildings, people, and events on campus; and faculty biographies. The University Archives also collects and preserves memorabilia related to Drew University.

Special Collections and University Archives are open to anyone who wishes to use them. Patrons can view materials in the Wilson Reading Room. For more information, please visit our website or contact archives@drew.edu or speccol@drew.edu.