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Archives and Special Collections

A quick guide to understanding and using DMU's archives and special collections.

Using Our Materials

Our rare books and archival materials do not circulate, nor are they available through interlibrary loan.

Materials in the historical book collection may be used in the Kendall Reed Rare Book Room which is located in the University Library, on the second floor of the Student Education Center.


The Kendall Reed Rare Book Room does not currently have regularly scheduled hours as Kay is only here half-time. If you would like to access our special collections or archival material, please schedule an appointment.


If you have questions regarding our collections for use in publications or for research, contact Kay to begin the conversation!

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