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Special Collections is open by appointment only. Please see current options:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Special Collections open during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Special Collections is open by appointment only for on-site research. Walk-in researchers are not allowed at this time. We will continue to work with email inquiries from researchers.  Learn more at Make Appointments.
  • Are class instructional sessions available?  WSU faculty and staff interested in setting up class instructional sessions with Special Collections are encouraged to contact us by email.
  • Where is Special Collections?  You'll find us in Ablah Library.
  • Where may I park?  Access information about parking on campus here.
  • May I check out materials from Special Collections?  No.  All items must be used in the Reading Room during Special Collections' business hours.  The items do not circulate.
  • May I make copies of materials held by Special Collections?  Staff in Special Collections will make copies of items for research use only if the items can withstand the stress of copying.  Limited, controlled digital photography by patrons for research use only is allowed; however, photography of selected collections and/or materials is not allowed due to certain restrictions.  Please inquire before taking photos.  Read more about copies.
  • How are materials acquired?  Special Collections adds materials through purchase by endowed funds and donations from alumni and friends.
  • Would Special Collections appraise the value of my materials?  Due to IRS regulations, Special Collections cannot provide appraisals of any materials.
  • Do you have the syllabus from a course I once took?  Special Collections does not have syllabi from courses taught at WSU, University of Wichita or Fairmount College.  Researchers are welcome to consult in Special Collections printed copies of undergraduate course catalogs dating from 1895 to the present, and graduate catalogs from 1926 to the present.  The WSU Libraries' institutional repository SOAR provides access to digital copies of selected historical course catalogs.
  • I work on campus and need assistance with records retention. Can you help me?  Please consult the Records Retention Schedule.  If you have other questions, please contact Special Collections.
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