Research & Teaching

Our collections – archival and manuscript, rare and special books and publications, and the University Archives – generally consist of materials for topics in the Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Arts, and Government, providing a wide array of primary sources for both your research and teaching needs. Our collections are open to everyone without fee and regardless of affiliation.


Finding aids to our archival and manuscript collections are available to browse or search in Archives Search, our collection management system. Electronic and digital copies from our collections are in our digital repository. Books, serials and other published items can be accessed through the UConn Library online catalog.

Teach with our Collections

We maintain a robust instruction program, supporting UConn’s teaching and learning mission through our commitment to integrating our rare books, archives, and manuscript collections into the curriculum. Working with manuscript and primary sources promotes high levels of inquiry, helps students develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, and historical empathy, and provides important opportunities for original scholarship.

We welcome classes of all types, from introductory classes to semester-long research projects. We seek opportunities to work with instructors to integrate our material as a critical component of the UConn curriculum, to build collaborative relationships between our archivists and university faculty, and to become a campus learning laboratory for the humanities.

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Plan Your Visit

We are located in the Dodd Center for Human Rights on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. For information about parking and directions to our reading room, please see Visit Us.

Our collections do not circulate and must be viewed in the John P. McDonald Reading Room, under guidelines that help ensure the safety and security of the materials.

All researchers must book an appointment before accessing materials, and when possible please fill out our Call Slip to let us know specifically which items we can have ready for you. Please see our Reading Room Policies for additional guidance.

Tours and Orientations

We welcome groups for tours of and orientations to the collections, space, staff, and work of Archives & Special Collections. Please contact us at to schedule your visit.