Archives & Special Collectioins

November 16th, 2016

Your one-stop shop for rare and unique materials

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections department houses a variety of rare and unique materials that can be used as effective teaching tools in myriad classes.  From the humanities to the sciences, our materials can be used to help your students build transferable skills, develop good research and analysis practices, and use old knowledge to create new knowledge.

Our team of archivists has created guides to assist students, faculty, and general researchers in locating materials within our collections that might be of interest to their research.  The guides also provide detailed information about how to find and access our collections, how to cite primary sources, and provide links to digitized material (we have material in the Brandeis Institutional Repository, the Internet Archive, and the Perseus Digital Library, as well as online exhibits hosted on our own website).  Having digitized material available allows our materials to be used in any classroom anywhere in the world.  Here are links to our University Archives guide [] and our Special Collections guide [].  We also have a subject-based guide [] that simultaneously lists materials from University Archives and Special Collections to give users a broader sense of our holdings.

During FY2015-2016, Archives & Special Collections hosted more than 25 classes and events from a variety of different departments.  Classes can be developed for any subject based on the needs of the instructor and/or students, whether it be an introduction to working with primary sources or a friendly debate using architectural plans—and anything in between!

If you would like to plan a visit or class session, please get in touch with Maggie McNeely, University Archivist ( or Anne Woodrum, Special Collections Librarian (

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