Access and Restrictions

Any researcher who registers, provides acceptable identification, and abides by the policies and rules of Special Collections will be permitted to use unrestricted materials in the collection. Access to materials may be restricted by condition of gift, by the physical condition of the material, or out of regard for the rights of others.


Please plan ahead for your research visit and write us, e-mail us, or give us a call to discuss your interests. This will enable us to pull materials in advance and to prepare for your visit. We ask that all researchers register in the Reading Room, and present their photo ID. You will be asked to fill out a researcher form and to sign in and out of the Reading Room.

Circulation and Loans

Because so many of our collections are unique or rare, materials do not circulate and loans for exhibition will be approved on a case by case basis.

Rules of Use & Access


    Gettysburg College Records Management Policies

    Information regarding the transfer of archival College records to Special Collections.

    Collection Development Policies

    Information regarding the policies for adding materials to our Civil War, Gettysburgiana, and Rare Books/Maps Collections.

    Giving to Special Collections and College Archives

    Special Collections and College Archives welcomes gifts of rare books, manuscript materials, photographs and artifacts. Donations that document Gettysburg College history, student experiences, and other historical events and eras are used for classes, exhibits, and open houses.

    Contact Carolyn Sautter, Director of Special Collections at or 717-337-7002.

    Reading Room Hours

    When Classes are in session:
    M, Th, F : 1 - 5 PM
    T, W : 1 - 5 and 6 - 9 PM
    Other times by appointment

    Ask an Archivist

    Special Collections

    Musselman Library
    Fourth Floor
    Gettysburg College Box 420
    Gettysburg, PA 17325

    717-337-7002 ~ Director
    717-337-7006 ~ College Archivist
    717-337-7014 ~ General Inquiries