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Kenyon College


Special Collections and Archives: Home

Special Collections and Archives houses Kenyon's rare books, literary manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and College archives.

Welcome to Special Collections and Archives

The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room is located in Library Building C.

Special Collections and Archives supports a wide variety of teaching and learning experiences. We work with faculty, staff, students, and researchers from near and far developing creative and innovative ways to use the collection. Our two main collections are: Special Collections and the Kenyon College Archives. Special Collections includes rare books and special subject research collections. The Kenyon College Archives contain material related to the history and people of Kenyon College. 



Spring Semester 2021:

Remote Research:
Email with your research needs and staff will work to respond to your requests. Staff will continue to work remotely through the spring so response times will be longer than usual, please plan accordingly.

In-Person Research:
Available in a limited capacity by appointment only. If your research request cannot be met via email, staff will work with you to set up a reading room appointment. Appointments will be limited to an hour and masks will be required. Email with your request.

To discuss instruction options with Special Collections and Archives materials and/or coursework using Special Collections and Archives materials please send us an email:

Digital Collections:
There are many collections of Special Collection and Archives materials digitized and available at Explore our online collections now!

Documenting Kenyon and COVID-19:
Help Special Collections and Archives document our community's experience during the pandemic. Learn more here. (

Hours & Contact

Due to the limitations of our temporary home, visits to Special Collections & Archives are by Appointment Only.

Appointments can be scheduled using the request form on the Home page.


Phone: (740) 427-5668


Events will be updated as information becomes available. Stay safe and healthy!

Request an Appointment or Submit a Research Request

Reading Room Regulations

In order to create a positive experience and protect materials, we ask all visitors to follow these rules:

  • DO - Sign in at the Welcome Desk at each visit
  • DO - Place coats and bags in the cubbies
  • DO NOT - Bring food or drink beyond the Welcome Desk
  • DO - Handle materials with care and keep in order
  • DO NOT - Write or mark on any materials
  • DO - Use only pencil when writing
  • DO - Use laptops, tablets, or cameras; no flash please
  • DO - Ask for assistance with scanning or copy requests

College & Digital Collections Archivist

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Abigail Tayse
Chalmers Library L164
Contact: GoodReads Page

Special Collections Librarian

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Elizabeth Williams-Clymer
Chalmers Library L160

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