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Archives and Special Collections

Overview on using archives, including definitions, collection highlights, and how to find and cite materials


Collection - A group of materials organically assembled or created by a person, family, organization, or business through everyday functions. Collections are named after the primary creator or collector of those records.

Document Box - An acid-free container used to safely store the items of an archival collection.

Linear Feet -  An archival unit of measurement that indicates the amount of shelf space that is necessary for storage. 1 Carton Box or 2 Document Boxes is equal to 1 Linear Foot.

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Tristan Draper
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About the Beloit College Archives & Special Collections

The Beloit College Archives contain all kinds of primary source materials related to the history of the college and surrounding region, from student publications to alumni diaries to oral histories to institutional records. The BC Archives continue to acquire materials that document everyday campus life and the lived experiences of the Beloit College community.

Special Collections includes several collections of books and pamphlets particularly useful for research and in-depth study on specialized topics. These range from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection on Non-Violence, to the Beloitana Collection of Beloit College authors, to a small collection of rare books and manuscript facsimiles.

All materials from the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections are non-circulating and cannot be checked out.  They can be viewed by appointment only in the Archives Reading Room.

For more information, please visit the Archives homepage.

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