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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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..
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.
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 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.