There are a multitude of collections you can explore at Schaffer Library. Here's a brief overview on each direction you can go to explore and discover primary resources.
Collections at Schaffer Library
View current and past exhibitions that were apart of Schaffer Library's exhibitions in the Lally Reading room and Beuth Atrium.
The Special Collections and Archives department of Schaffer Library is an integral part of the Library. It includes the Union College Archives, which holds College records of enduring value, special book collections, manuscripts, maps, photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, three dimensional objects and other primary source materials which document the College’s history, and support and extend its curriculum. Learn more at the Special Collections website here.
Union College holds over 3,000 works of art and material culture in the Permanent Collection, including significant cultural resources from internationally recognized artists and objects from Eastern and Ancient cultures. Our strongest holdings are Works on Paper, 19th Century Portraits, Asian Collections and Antique Scientific Instruments including the Olivier Models.
You can view interactive maps, letters, postcards, newspapers architectural plans, past exhibitions housed at Schaffer Library and more at digitalcollections.union.edu. Examples include Mrs. Perkins' Garden, The artwork of William Blake, The Encyclopedia of Union College, The Butler Family Letters and more.
You can view academic, scientific and creative content produced by Union College faculty, students, and staff on this institutional repository. Examples include honors theses, issues of The Concordiensis dating all the way back from 1877, posters and presentations, peer-reviewed series and more.
The Adirondack Research Library serves as a repository for research materials which support the educational mission of the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College. Materials at the library have a strong focus on the 20th century conservation movement within the Adirondack Park.