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History 1200: Assignment in Special Collections: Home

Resources for students in Amanda Kenney's History 1200 class sections.

What is Special Collections?

Special Collections and Rare Books houses rare and unique materials that span over four thousand years.  The collections include books, maps, posters, pamphlets, comics, artwork, artifacts, personal papers, and over 8 million titles on microform. Many of these materials are valuable primary sources. 

The materials in Special Collections are here because they are fragile, one-of-a-kind, and they have lasting value for research.  Because of this, the procedures for using books and other materials are a little different from what you may be used to in libraries.  This guide will walk you through the process of finding and requesting materials in Special Collections.


Know Before You Go

If at all possible, please register as a Special Collections user in advance.  Online registration form

Bring a photo ID!  Your MU student ID or a driver's license will be fine.

Most materials can't be checked out, but you can put them on hold in the reading room.

Allowed at the reading tables: pencils, paper, laptop computers, mobile devices (silenced), and cameras.  You'll be asked to store your backpack, coat, and other personal belongings elsewhere.

You can take pictures with your phone or a camera.  But remember - no flash!  Special Collections staff can make photos or scans for you for a fee.

More information on using Special Collections


Work Sessions

These work sessions are designed to allow you time and space to work on the materials for this assignment. You are not required to stay for the entire session.  If you're not able to register for any of the sessions below, please email to arrange for a separate appointment.

Choose a session to register

10:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm, Thursday, October 27, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Friday, October 28, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Monday, October 31, 2016
10:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday, November 1, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm, Wednesday, November 2, 2016


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