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Special Collections and Archives

Website for West Chester University Library Services Special Collections & Archives Department.

Special Collections Staff

Tara Wink
special Collections Librarian

Neal Kenney
Special Collections Assistant

West Chester University Special Collections & Archives

The primary purpose of West Chester University Library Services Special Collections is to provide and preserve materials with significant historical and/or research value that support both University history and the teaching and learning needs of the University community.  As a secondary purpose, Special Collections and Archives will provide resources to local and statewide communities and other outside researchers.

Special Collections builds and maintains a selective research collection of materials related to the history and development of Chester County (especially its residents and its institutions), important rare and historic materials, and houses and maintains West Chester University archival material.  Special Collections continues to build (with both current and retrospective collecting) and make accessible a permanent collection of resources in all types, languages, formats, and media.

Visiting Special Collections

Special Collections hours during the school year:

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Wednesdays

Summer hours:

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday

However, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you make an appointment by e-mailing or calling 610.436.3456 or 610.436.2403, as meetings and other committments may require the Special Collections staff to leave the room.

To request an appointment, please include:

  • Your name, address, telephone number and/or your e-mail address so the Special Collections Librarian can respond
  • The author, title, and call number of any book you would like to see, or a short description of the topic you wish to research in the book or archival collection
  • The date(s) you are available to use the collection 
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