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The Archives and Special Collections preserves and provides access to historical materials documenting DePauw University and the Indiana United Methodist Church. The core of Special Collections includes first editions, fine bindings, publications of alumni and faculty and books published by the Methodist Church and its predecessors. Also included is the personal library of Governor James C. Whitcomb, a collection of Bret Harte first editions and rare books dating back to 1477.

Research Visit Guidelines

Researchers are strongly recommended to make an appointment at least two or more business days prior to conducting research in the Archives. Advance notice allows staff to assist in identifying and pulling requested material before arrival. Retrieval of archival material without an appointment is dependent upon staff availability. Schedule an appointment by completing this Archives and Special Collections appointment form

Researchers must register at the Archives reference desk upon arrival. A registration form must be completed and photo identification presented before viewing any archival material. 

Material will not be retrieved within the last hour of closing. Staff will gather materials thirty minutes prior to closing. Upon request, archival material can be placed on hold for the duration of the research visit. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, a list of frequently asked questions can be found, here.