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Research

General information

Archives & Special Collections is located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut and is open to the public. The University’s archival, manuscript and special collections are accessed in the John P. McDonald Reading Room. The Samuel and Ann Charters Multimedia Room, located inside the McDonald Reading Room, serves researchers using multimedia materials. The multimedia room is equipped with a listening station for patrons using sound recording materials.

Permission to examine materials will be granted to all persons who complete the Register as a Researcher form, provide valid photo identification (preferably a driver’s license or UConn ID), and agree to abide by the rules and regulations governing use of materials. Permission is granted subject to restrictions that may have been placed on the material by its donors or depositors and/or by staff as a preservation measure.

Materials in Archives & Special Collections do not circulate and must be viewed in the McDonald Reading Room. The Reading Room Policies governs conduct in the reading room and is designed to secure and protect materials for future use.   

Wifi is available throughout the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, including the reading room.

If you anticipate that you will soon visit us to conduct your research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room, you can fill out the Register as a Researcher form before your visit.

Finding Aids

Finding Aids to our archival and manuscript collections are available to browse or search in our digital repository. Books, serials and other published items can be accessed through the UConn Library online catalog.

Instruction

Archives & Special Collections welcomes classes of all types, from a single class for an introduction to the archives to a semester-long course where the students access the collections for intensive examination to fulfill curriculum goals.  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. You can schedule a class here.

Contact us:
Archives & Special Collections
UConn Library
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205
archives@uconn.edu
860.486.2524