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The Special Collections Research Center aspires to be a vibrant research and learning environment for Syracuse University students, faculty, and the wider scholarly community. SCRC provides access to our world-renowned rare and archival collections and expert guidance in their use in order to facilitate personal discovery and the creation of new knowledge.


The Special Collections Research Center collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that document the history of Syracuse University and our global society, including rare printed materials, original manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and moving image recordings, University records, and more. SCRC staff is dedicated to encouraging and facilitating the use of the collections by:

  • Engaging students, faculty, and the wider scholarly community with our collections through public programs, exhibitions, digital initiatives, and publications
  • Supporting innovative undergraduate and graduate learning by fostering new ideas about the role of special collections in the University's curriculum
  • Prolonging the life of the University's rare and archival holdings for generations of students and scholars by implementing ongoing preservation measures
  • Providing a variety of ways for the University and wider scholarly community to access and explore these collections