Holdings in Special Collections of Illinois Wesleyan University include books, records, and manuscript collections.
Special Collections consists of individual items and collections that warrant extraordinary care in preservation because of their historical significance, physical format, subject content, or other distinguishing features.
The purpose of Special Collections is to collect material in the primary collecting areas, to serve as a resource and laboratory to stimulate and nourish creative teaching and learning; to encourage the use of Special Collections through exhibits, lectures, and publications; to serve study and research by making available and encouraging the use of its collections to members of Illinois Wesleyan University and the community at large.
Special Collections encourages the donation, by individuals and organizations, of collected works and materials which fall within its collecting parameters and primary collecting areas. Special collections attempts to collect and welcomes donations in the following areas:
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Special Collections holds material primarily for researcher use and access. However, it also holds items to assure their preservation and security, including Early imprints (prior to 1800), non-standard formats (i.e. broadsides, miniature book that are 10cm. and under), fragile bindings, and other items requiring extraordinary storage or supervised handling. Special Collections does not acquire collections of artifacts but may accept a small number of artifacts when those items are integral to a specific collection.
Special Collections may consider accepting donations of unique items or collections, even if they fall outside of its primary collecting areas. To discuss the possibility of donating materials and to learn about our gifts policy, please contact the Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University.
Tate Archives & Special Collections does not conduct monetary appraisals of donated materials but will refer the donor to professionals in the area who specialize in such services.