Research & Teaching

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.

See the Collections

Plan Your Visit

The Department of Special and Area Studies Collections is an extensive department with several service points and collection spaces.


Class Visits

Our collections are a wonderful resource for teaching. We specialize in providing students with a one-of-a-kind experience.


Fellowships and Grants

Financial support for travel and research is available.

Spotlight on Collections


Smathers Libraries have an active exhibition program that shares, interprets, and promotes the collections.