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University Archives & Special Collections

Website for the Denison University Archives & Special Collections

2020-2021 - Modified Access

The Research Room will only be available to on-campus Denison community members with an existing, scheduled appointment. Face masks are required and a maximum of six researchers are allowed in the room at one time. To request information or schedule an appointment, please email

Welcome to Denison University Archives & Special Collections

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What is the Archives & Special Collections?

Denison University Archives & Special Collections is a resource center where you can find historic and rare items that you likely won't find anywhere else.  We assist all kinds of people who are looking to use our collections, such as: 

  • Students who are seeking unique primary sources to enhance their research papers
  • Alums wanting to relive their college memories (and resolve a bet on what *really* happened their sophomore year...)
  • External visitors looking to do scholarly research in the history of the institution
  • Genealogists and local historians who are seeking biographical information on an ancestor
  • Faculty who want to use our collections in the classroom and create unique research experiences for their students
  • Denison staff who need to reference old records in order to help the University's current and future operations

The University Archives specializes in documenting the history of Denison's students, alumni, faculty, staff, departments, and administration.  This includes photographs, University publications, letters, meeting records, old policies, student scrapbooks, and more.

The Special Collections focuses on collecting rare, limited edition, and/or out-of-print books, like medieval manuscripts, artists' books, rare Bibles, and historic encyclopedias.

Denison Libraries, 100 W College, Granville, Ohio 43023
Phone: 740-587-6235, email:
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