Landman Library

University Archives and Special Collections

University Archives and Special Collections

Landman Library’s Archives and Special Collections houses archival materials documenting the history of Arcadia University and Beaver College, as well as manuscripts and rare books that support the teaching and research endeavors of the University community. Rare books are searchable through the Library’s catalog; archival finding aids and collection descriptions will be posted here as they become available.

University Archives

  • University publications, including yearbooks and newspapers
  • Presidential, administrative, trustee, and departmental records
  • Faculty publications
  • Photograph and scrapbook collections
  • Records of the Beechwood School
  • Grey Towers Castle artifacts collection
  • Beaver College historical ephemera collection

Special Collections

  • Fendley, Bates, and Anonymous collections of historic children’s literature
  • University rare book collection (fine arts focus)
  • Manuscript materials and personal papers: Mary Worthington Scott papers, Ruth Higgins
  • papers, Norman Johnston papers, Elaine Maimon papers

University Art Collection

(administered by the Arcadia University Art Gallery)

  • Benton Spruance collection of prints and works on paper
  • Cohen and Goetz collections of Southeast Asian textiles and ceramics
  • Rilling collection West African ceramics
  • Arcadia/Beaver faculty artwork

Access and Use

Archives and Special Collections is open to members of the Arcadia University community and visiting researchers by advance appointment Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reference requests are also accepted via email (preferred) and telephone. Limited photocopying and scanning services are available; photography without flash is permitted. Rare and archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the reading room. Pencils only when taking notes; laptops and tablets are permitted.