Giving to Special Collections
Although the University Libraries receive support from the state of Arkansas to maintain and develop their resources, Special Collections actively solicits gifts to increase the holdings of the department and to make them more accessible to the research community. Gifts of materials or money contribute significantly to the advancement of knowledge.
The University Libraries welcome donations of rare books on all subjects, but Arkansas print and manuscript materials are particularly valued contributions to the mission of Special Collections. These may include diaries, journals, personal memoirs and correspondence, legal, business, and financial records, drawings, photographs, maps, or other records. They may have been created by individuals or families, renowned or unknown, or by organizations including churches, schools, social clubs, or political parties.
The Special Collections archival staff prepares manuscript materials for use. This task may include cleaning, arranging, and boxing papers, and in some cases preparing the material for preservation on microfilm. Information about the materials is entered into the Libraries' catalog, InfoLinks, and on the Special Collections website. When donors place family manuscripts or other rare materials in Special Collections, they can be confident that these materials will be carefully maintained in a secure environment. Through the years, they will be a lasting memorial to the donors and their achievements.
For additional information please contact:
Accessioning and Processing Archivist