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 Special Collections and University Archives at Indiana University of Pennsylvania 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 four major research areas, including Record Group Collections, Manuscript Collections, the Pennsylvania Collection, 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. Search for books in the Pennsylvania Collection and Rare Book Collection in the IUP Libraries on-line catalog.
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 are records of all kinds that were created by campus offices and departments of the Indiana Normal School, Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana State
College, and IUP. Collections include IUP Publications, Council of Trustees meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, official documents, and photographs.
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 Pennsylvania Collection provides access to rare and often out-of-print materials concerning the history, development, and population of
Pennsylvania. This 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.
The Rare Book Collection protects many valuable and unique materials owned by the IUP Libraries. English and American Literature form the basic focus of the collection, which
serves as an integral part of doctoral programs and research at IUP. The collection includes first and limited editions, works printed prior to 1799 for European works and prior to 1825 for American works, publications associated with Manuscript Groups Collections and significant individuals, and examples of fine printing or binding. Prominent authors include Edward Abbey, Margaret Atwood, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, James Joyce, Nathaniel Hawthorne,
Washington Irving, John Milton, Norman Mailer, George Orwell, Edgar Allan Poe, Lydia Sigourney, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, James McNeill Whistler, and John Greenleaf Whittier.
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 to schedule a research visit. Available hours during the academic semester 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: