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Primary Sources: Special Collections

Special Collections

Libraries house rare, unique, or valuable items in special collections. Materials can include rare books and documents, photographs, maps, and more. Often, libraries will collect items on certain topics, such as railroad history or women's studies. Special collections and archives are excellent places to search for primary source material. 

Special Collections at SMU

SMU has several special collections and archives on campus. Many materials are available for viewing in the archive's reading room. Some of SMU's archival documents are digitized (see Digital Collections) and can be used online.

Using Archives

Finding Other Archives