Special Collections

The Special Collections holds rare, valuable, and/or old items that are too delicate for the stacks. Each distinct collection is unrelated to the others, and vary in connection to the University.

For instance, the collection on former Professor John Wesley Powell is located in the Special Collections, but we also have a collection on the Beat Writers, who had no formal connection to the University, as well as records of active Environmental Groups from the Bloomington-Normal community.

The Complete Fortune Teller and Dream Book

The Complete Fortune Teller and Dream Book, Chloe Russel


In contrast to the Archives (which has only one Finding Aid), the Special Collections contains many different Finding Aids.

For a list of our current collections, click here.

To see the Mission Statement and Guide, click here.

To return to the Tate Archives and Special Collections Homepage, click here.