In addition to a great reading room, the Tate Archives & Special Collections are located on the fourth floor. The archives documents the history of Illinois Wesleyan University from 1850 to the present.
The primary purpose of the University Archives is to preserve all significant university publications. Included in the collection are minutes of administrative and faculty governance committees, materials related to specific academic departments, student organizations and athletic programs, as well as selected publications by faculty, alumni, and student honors projects.
The collection also includes papers and memorabilia of selected individuals who have played a significant role in the history of Illinois Wesleyan University.
The Special Collections consist of individual items and collections, which because of their historical significance, physical format, or other distinguishing features, warrant extraordinary care and supervised handling. The primary purpose of Special Collections, apart from preservation, is to provide students and faculty of Illinois Wesleyan University with unique materials for reflection, study, and research.