About Us

Department History

The Special & Area Studies Collections have grown out of the individual efforts of the University to amass, arrange, and advance knowledge for the future. Like the materials under our care, the Department brings expertise, commitment, and energy to the collections, making them greater than the sum of their parts.

What We Do

Tour by Floor

SASC occupies three of the four floors that make up the Smathers Library.

Jim Liversidge teaching a class on Special Collections

Our Building

About the Smathers Library

A landmark of learning on campus.

The ceiling of the Grand reading Room

Our Department

Department History

The history of the Special and Area Studies Collections Department.

image of Smathers Library with cars circa 1930