The following policies and procedures are in place for the Special Collections and University Archives to provide access and continue to care for collection materials. Please contact the office to donate materials or if you have a research request you
may email the research request form .
In support of the university’s mission, the IUP Special Collections and University Archives actively collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to the institutional history of IUP, as well as the Pennsylvania Collection, rare books, artifacts,
and historical information relevant to the region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Collections include three major research areas, including Record Group Collections, Manuscript Collections, and the Rare Book Collection. The Special
Collections and University Archives actively collects, organizes, and provides access to these collections. Although many materials are acquired through donations, an active acquisitions policy has significantly increased collection holdings.
Record Group Collections or University Archives are arranged into record groups, which are assigned Record Group, or
RG, numbers. Record Groups represent the institutional history of the university, and the collections include IUP Publications created by offices and departments.
Manuscript Group Collections are assigned Manuscript Group, or MG, numbers. The collections represent records created by people, businesses, and organizations not directly
affiliated with the university.
The Special Collections and University Archives actively collects and preserves significant regional archival collections with particular emphasis on Pennsylvania business, industry, labor, and union history related to the coal, iron, steel, and transportation
industries. The regional focus extends from Pennsylvania into New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.
The Rare Book Collection protects many valuable and unique materials owned by the IUP Libraries, including providing access to often out-of-print titles. Sub-collections
within Rare Books include:
Forming the core focus of our Rare Book Collection, this collection is an integral part of doctoral programs and research at IUP. The collection includes first and limited editions, many works printed prior to 1850, publications associated with Manuscript Groups Collections and significant individuals, and examples of fine printing or binding.
Prominent authors include Edward Abbey, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, James Joyce, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, John Milton,
George Orwell, Edgar Allan Poe, Lydia Sigourney, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and H.G. Wells.
Concerning the history, development, and population of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Collection includes county and local histories, Pennsylvania regimental histories of Civil War units, atlases, Reports of the Pennsylvania Department of Mines,
the published records of the Colonial Records of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives, and a variety of historical and contemporary maps.
Processed collections and cataloged books are available for research in the Special Collections and University Archives.
You are welcome to contact the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, Dr. Harrison Wick, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a research visit. Available hours may vary from office hours
listed at the bottom of this website.
The Special Collections and University Archives provides the best access possible to materials. In order to ensure that these materials remain available to researchers and to honor copyright restrictions, we have adopted the following policies for the
duplication of materials: