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Special Collections Research Strategies

The purpose of this guide is to assist students, faculty, and the general public in conducting research at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Library.

Welcome to the Special Collections Research Center

What is the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)?

SCRC maintains and provides access to distinguished collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other archival materials within Syracuse University Libraries. More than 100,000 printed works and 2,000 archival collections, including important editions, manuscripts, documents, letters, diaries, drawings, photographs, and memorabilia are available to Syracuse University students, faculty, staff, and the public. You can find more information about us on our website!

How can SCRC help me?

With a visit to our Reading Room on the 6th floor of Bird Library, you can study primary sources of information—such as documents, letters, and drawings—available in SCRC's collections. Studying primary sources can greatly enhance research done through secondary sources, such as scholarly journal articles and books. Please see our Visit Information website for more information about visiting the Reading Room.

How can I get started?

To identify SCRC collection material that you'd like to work with, follow the tabs at the left to learn the best ways to browse or search through the collections. You can always Ask the SCRC Reference Librarian if you have specific questions about the collections or visit the Syracuse University Libraries' Getting Started with Research website for other useful research tips.

Special Collections Research Center's Reading Room