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.

Mission Statement

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.

Collection Development Policy

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

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

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.

Rare Book Collection

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:

English and American Literature

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.

The Pennsylvania Collection

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.

Use Policy

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 to schedule a research visit. Available hours may vary from the office hours listed at the bottom of this website.

Duplication Policy

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:

  • All materials will be copied or scanned by a staff member. Materials do not circulate, and the Special Collections librarian determines the best means of duplication. In the case of documents too fragile or brittle to copy or scan, or material in which duplication might cause damage to the original, we will be unable to provide duplication services. Additional charges may apply for oversize items.
  • Due to limited staffing, photocopies and scanning may not be available immediately; requests for duplication will be completed when staff is available. Copies and scans can then be picked up or sent by mail or email. The Special Collections and University Archives reserves the right to reject any request for scanning or copying which would place an undue burden on the resources and staff of the unit. General limit for copying is 100 pages.
  • No copying or scanning will be done in violation of the copyright law or donor restrictions. We have placed a 30-page limit on copyrighted material.
  • The Special Collections and University Archives will copy/scan documents and images from collections with the understanding that these materials are intended for use by the requester.
  • Duplication is not an authorization to publish. Your rights and obligations with respect to reproducing copyrighted material is governed by Title 17 of the United States Code. Researchers must be aware of copyright and must assume full responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of copyright law. The Library will be held blameless for the infringement of copyright or of publication rights by others due to deliberate or negligent misuse of the permission granted to examine or copy materials.
  • The use of personal cameras, scanners, or copy devices may be permitted depending upon feasibility and preservation considerations. Prior permission of the staff is required.
  • Any materials used in a publication or exhibition must use the following credit, "Courtesy of the Special Collections and University Archives at Indiana University of Pennsylvania."

Charges for Duplication Services

  • Photocopying and Scanning: $1.00 per page (fragile materials may not be available for duplication)
  • Audio and video tape duplication: $5.00 per copy (if duplication is possible)
  • Scanning images and sending via email: $1.00 per image
  • Scanning images and copying onto CD or USB: $5.00 (based on media fees)
  • Postage and handling: all copies/scans not emailed or picked up will be assessed $2.50
  • Oversized materials (11x17 or larger) are subject to additional fees (if duplication is possible)
  • Publication: a $25 publication fee will be assessed for commercial requests for duplication
  • Research Services: in-person research is free and remote research is charged $10 per hour