Archives and Special Collections is located on the upper level of Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, in room 207. We are open by appointment only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-477-1123 (x3357) to schedule an appointment, or for more information.
Note on closings: If the university or library is closed due to a holiday or severe winter weather, Archives & Special Collections will be closed.
please write down the location (Special Collections or Rare Books), call number, and title of the item, or email yourself the catalog record. Bring this information with you when you visit Archives & Special Collections. Staff will need this information to retrieve the item for you.
The repository maintains an in-house inventory for archival records that document the history of our institution. Public inventories of select collections are maintained on the Finding Aids page of this site, but these are not comprehensive. Please contact Archives & Special Collections staff for research assistance.
Archives & Special Collections materials and rare books may be used in Archives & Special Collections only.
Before conducting research in Archives & Special Collections, all patrons must read, sign, and observe the following regulations. A copy of this will be provided to patrons at the start of their first visit.
Most of the materials in Archives & Special Collections are considered primary sources. A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time period you are studying. These sources offer a contemporary view of a certain event. Examples of primary sources are: diaries, letters, photographs, official documents, interviews, and works of art. Primary sources are created by individuals who were involved in the event or lived in the time period you are studying.
The Library of Congress provides a very good description of how to cite primary sources using Chicago style and MLA style. However, you should always abide by your style manual. For citation assistance, see the library's citation style guide.