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Archives and Special Collections

About the Archives

The Archives at Rose-Hulman traces back to its founding in 1874.  Since then, records, photographs, artifacts and other items of historical value to the institute have been collected and preserved by the numerous Institute Librarians and stored in the library.

Our goal is to make the Archives and Special Collections more usable, visible, and better preserved so that it can continue to meet the research needs of our users for generations to come.

Using the Archives

The archives are used by Rose-Hulman faculty, staff, and students, alumni and members of the community.  We also receive research requests from people throughout the country via phone and email.

We do not have regularly scheduled hours or a designated reading room for researchers.  Therefore, it is necessary to contact the archivist with research requests ahead of time. 


While most collections are open for research, some collections have restrictions placed on them, either in whole or in part.  These restrictions may be imposed by the donor for a specified amount of time, or they may be imposed at the discretion of the archivist. 

Displays / Lending / Copies

Items from the archives such as artifacts and records are often lent to internal departments for display or research purposes.  We do not lend items for use off campus, but requests for copies of documents or photos in digital format may be requested by alumni or by those not affiliated with the institute. Please contact Ryan Weir,, with any such requests.

Donating the Archives

The Archives & Special Collections accepts items, records, and collections of enduring historic value to the Rose-Hulman community. 

Contact Ryan Weir,, to discuss your donation.