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Best Practices for Using Special Collections

  • First, do some background reading about the founder and their context 

    • For books found in Special Collections, schedule a time to visit the reading room. Materials in Special Collections are non-circulating. Appointments can be made at the Special Collections website (
    • Review footnotes and bibliographies in books to identify other secondary and primary sources
    • Additional secondary sources may also be found using the Lee Library catalog (
  • Informed by background reading, identify relevant primary source materials in collection finding aids as needed

  • Plan adequate time when using the Special Collections reading room

    • Researchers must register with Special Collections to use their material
    • Special Collections materials cannot be checked out, and must be used in the reading room
    • Only paper and pencils, or laptops are permitted for taking notes. Photocopies and digital scans can be requested for a fee
  • For more assistance locating or using sources, contact University Archivist Cory Nimer