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Archives and Special Collections

About Archives and Special Collections


  • The Archives and Special Collections at Rose-Hulman trace 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.
  • Our goal is to make the Archives and Special Collections more usable, visible, and better preserved. We wish for them to continue to meet the research needs of our users for generations to come.

Using the Archives and Special Collections

  • The Archives and Special Collections are used by Rose-Hulman faculty, staff, and students, alumni and members of the global community.  
  • 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 and Special Collections accepts items, records, and collections of enduring historic value to the Rose-Hulman community. 
  • Contact Ryan Weir,, to discuss your donation.