Q. What is a special collections library?
A special collections library is a library or an administrative unit (such as department) of a larger library, devoted to collecting, organizing, preserving, and describing special collections materials and making them accessible. Special collections materials are the entire range of textual, graphic and artifact primary source materials in analog and digital formats, including printed books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artworks, audio-visual materials, and realia. At Fales, our archives contain photographs, flyers, ephemera, transaction records, manuscript drafts, drawings, notebooks, journals, correspondence, film, video, audio, and much more.