Each year, our curators and librarians teach more than 150 class sessions using items from Special Collections holdings. Items selected for acquisition are chosen in collaboration with faculty for use in both teaching and research. The objects span disciplines and range across the centuries, but each opens a window onto the past, and each holds the bright promise of future discoveries by our scholars.
Tabb Endowed Fund
Since the 2012 opening of the Winston Tabb Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives Research, the Special Collections Department has seen an increase in students interested in exploring the collections and a rise in original research by undergraduates using the collections. Support for the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center Endowed Fund will provide a permanent source of funding for acquisitions, exhibitions, student and faculty outreach, and scholarly collaborations.
The Department of Conservation and Preservation, established in 1975, is a national and international leader in conservation, education, innovation, and practice. In addition to working on rare books and manuscripts from the rich collections of the Sheridan Libraries and University Museums, the department is engaged in an active materials science research agenda.