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Answered By: Cara Calabrese
Last Updated: May 02, 2018     Views: 23

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections holds over 82,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts, and special subject collections. Collection strengths include: the history and culture of the Ohio Valley/Old Northwest Territory; the history of transportation, especially in the 19th century; the American Civil War; pre- and post-revolutionary Russian history, art and literature; William Holmes McGuffey and his Readers; 19th century gift books; and children’s literature, especially the 18th through the 20th centuries, including 19th century schoolbooks. Cataloged materials in the Special Collections & Archives may be searched through the library catalog. For manuscript collections, please see the finding aids on the individual collection pages.

The archives are comprised of three archives: the Miami University Archives, which contains manuscripts, publications, photographs, and artifacts dealing with Miami University history; the Western College Memorial Archives, which holds materials from the Board of Trustee records dating back to 1853; and the Oxford College Archives, which documents the history of the women’s college. Archival records may be accessed online through our ArchivesSpace instance.

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections are primarily intended for the use of students and faculty at Miami University but researchers outside the University are welcome. All users are required to complete a brief registration procedure and present valid photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, student ID, etc.). Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to Special Collections, but researchers from out of town are encouraged to contact staff in advance to confirm hours and the availability of materials. Special Collections is a closed-stacks library. All requested materials are retrieved by staff and may be used only in the Special Collections Reading Room. A Reading Room attendant is available to assist researchers and ensure the proper use of the materials.

For questions about class visits, digital resources, and gifts/donations, contact William Modrow.

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321 King Library

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(513) 529-6720

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