Special Collections & College Archives

Special Collections collects, houses, and preserves rare books, manuscripts, maps, art works, sound recordings, photographs, and other unique primary source materials which support selected instructional programs. Special Collections is also home to the College Archives and, therefore, acquires, preserves, and makes available records of enduring value which document College activities, functions, decisions, policies and programs. Special Collections regularly exhibits items from its varied collections in its Reading Room.

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Books from Special Collections

Witnesses to Battle: Gettysburg College Library Books, 1863

Initiated by the idea that the books on the shelves of the College’s Libraries on July 1, 2, & 3, 1863, bore witness to the Battle of Gettysburg; a digital exhibit by Laurel Wilson ’19 and Maci Mark ’21, is now live. Around 1,000 of those books are still in the collection of Musselman Library. The project site describes student work identifying and locating the books, describing them in MUSCAT Plus, and features highlights from these original library books..

Student at table in Special Collections Reading Room

Charles H. Glatfelter Internship

Paid, semester-long Fall internship in Special Collections and College Archives for a current Gettysburg College student. $10.00 per hour, 6-8 hours per week. To learn more visit our internship page.

Alma Mater Sheet Music

GettDigital Collections

GettDigital is an online portal to the digital collections created by Special Collections & College Archives. These digital primary sources include a wide variety of material types and subjects including College Photographs, the Civil War Era, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, Eisenhower, and rare book bindings. As of 2021, we offer 38 GettDigital Collections with over 75,000 digital learning objects.

Special Collections Reading Room with a table and chairs in the middle and bookshelves on both sides

Special Collections Research Appointments

Spring 2021 research visits to our Special Collections Reading Room are by appointment only. Students, faculty, and staff can book individual research tables using LibCal

For more information, visit the Special Collections Guide to Services and Resources Spring 2021.


Special Collections & College Archives


Special Collections & College Archives
Campus Box 420
Musselman Library Fourth Floor
300 N. Washington Street
Gettysburg,PA 17325



Special Collections Reading Room Spring 2021

All visits are by appointment only

Members of the on-campus community (students/faculty/staff) can schedule individual research appointments using LibCal.


For more information, visit the Special Collections Guide to Services and Resources Spring 2021.

Research Hours while classes are in session: Mon-Fri 1-5 p.m. plus Tues and Wed nights 6-9 p.m.

For research questions contact Ask an Archivist.

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