Special Collections

Special Collections and Archives is open by appointment only. Please click the button below to schedule a visit or ask a research question.

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The Department of Special Collections is an integral part of Schaffer Library. It includes the Union College Archives, special book collections, manuscripts, maps, photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, artifacts, and other primary source materials which document the College’s history, and support and extend its curriculum. The mission of the department of Special Collections is to collect these materials, preserve them, and make them available to anyone with a valid need to use them, especially for the enrichment of classroom instruction. In addition, the department houses other materials which because of their physical format, condition, rarity, or subject matter require special housing and handling.

John Bigelow Collection closed

The John Bigelow Collection is currently closed to researchers. The collection is being reprocessed and the correspondence fully digitized. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate ad-hoc digitization requests. We appreciate your understanding.

For more information on the project, please read this College News announcement.

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Special Collections

Schaffer Library
807 Union St
Schenectady, NY 12308

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Mon - Fri: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Sat - Sun: closed