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Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives: Home

A guide to conducting archival research and exploring special collections at Connecticut College


The Linda Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives is Connecticut College's repository for preserving and promoting some of our rarest and most precious resources for learning and research. With strengths in environmental and women's studies, American history and literature, and fine press printing and artists' books, the Center is open to all students and researchers.  Also housed in the Lear Center is the College Archives, an information center for the history of Connecticut College. The College Archives contains photographs, scrapbooks, films, videos, audio tapes, artifacts, ephemera, publications, personal papers, and official records of the college. You can find out more about the Lear Center by visiting our webpage.

Overview of Guide

The purpose of this guide it to provide an overview on locating and conducting research utilizing Archives and Special Collections.

In it you will learn:

  • How to locate and visit archives and special collections
  • What type of materials compose archives and special collections
  • How to utilize finding aids and request collection material
  • Common questions about archives and special collections
  • Special resources for faculty and instructors
  • How to properly cite special collections materials