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.
Services and Forms
- Copy Request Form
- Patron Survey
- Payment Portal
- Publish or Quote Request Form
- Research and Duplication Fees
- Registration Form
- Archives and Special Collections Overview
- Campus Life at DePauw
- Faces Behind the Places of DePauw University
- Indiana United Methodist Church
- Presidents of DePauw University
- Walker Cup: History and Recipients
- WGRE: 60 Years of Radio
Frequently Asked Questions
For additional information, a list of frequently asked questions can be found, here.