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As a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries has suspended normal operations until further notice in compliance with guidelines issued by Syracuse University. We are offering limited reference services via email at and regret that we are unable to schedule visits or provide our duplication and permissions services. Thank you for your patience. Please monitor, Syracuse University’s official source of all information regarding COVID-19, for further updates regarding University operations.



SCRC reference staff can answer questions regarding books or printed materials, historical or manuscript collections, or other items held by the Special Collections Research Center. Please contact us by using our correspondence form or by stopping by our Reading Room desk.

For more assistance in finding material in our collections, please consult our Research Strategy Guide and our Collection Areas pages.

Collections Retrieval

SCRC staff will assist researchers in identifying and retrieving the material they need for research. To request materials for your visit, please contact us with your materials request using our correspondence form or stop by our Reading Room desk.

Please note that most collections are housed off-site and require advanced notice to retrieve.


SCRC staff can make copies of select collection material for research and publication use. All orders are subject to SCRC approval and are according to US Copyright law.

For more information please visit our Duplication page.


If you are interested in using our collection material in an upcoming publication (any format), please visit our Publication Permission page.

Exhibition Loan

SCRC will lend materials from its collections to libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions with established exhibition programs. More information about our exhibition loan program, including requirements and fees, please visit our Exhibition Loan page