What is “Special” Enough

Yesterday a student came into the library looking for a book on the Civil War and asked why the book he was looking for was in “special archives”. I had trouble answering this question because his book wasn’t particularly old, nor was it expressly important.

The answer of why we have the books we do lies more in what the books are a part of than what they are individually. Sure we have century old books we keep climate controlled to keep them around for another hundred years, but the vast majority of the books held here are kept for other reasons like value, literary era, or importance to a patron.

Blog post by Samuel Thomas, Special Collections and Archives work-study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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