Special Collections and University Archives

  • Special Collections and University Archives at Indiana University of Pennsylvania actively collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to research materials, rare books, artifacts, and items related to the institutional history of IUP and so much more.

    You are welcome to use non-circulating archival collections and rare books in Stapleton Library Room 302. Office hours may vary. You are encouraged to contact Harrison Wick at hwick@iup.edu to schedule your research visit.

    If you have a research inquiry, we invite you to submit a request form.

    Find Archival Collections

    Learn how to locate archival information, including Record Groups (institutional history) and Manuscript Groups (collections donated by individuals, businesses, and organizations).

    View Digital Exhibits

    Many of our collections are available online and digital exhibits highlight the diverse culture of the university and Pennsylvania. 

    See Our Rare Books

    Many titles in the IUP Libraries have been identified as rare, limited editions, or are in fragile condition. Schedule a research appointment today.

    Support the Archives

    Learn more about how the IUP Special Collections and University Archives is supported by our generous donors. 

    Special Collections Personnel

    Dr. Harrison Wick, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, hwick@iup.edu

  • Special Collections Stories

    Influenza Sign - Garee McLain Scrapbook

    Documenting the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and COVID-19

    Quarantine is nothing new to Indiana, Pennsylvania. More than a century ago, Indiana County suffered from the pandemic, which claimed the lives of millions of people worldwide. Indiana State Normal School (now IUP) was under quarantine in 1918 due to the Spanish Influenza. The photograph shows an Indiana Board of Health banner that was posted on the residence hall room of student Bertha Garee McLain, a 1919 graduate of the Normal School. 

    The IUP Special Collections and University Archives contains many scrapbooks and other types of primary sources that chronicle historical events throughout IUP’s 150-year history. The Bertha Garee McLain scrapbook is located in Record Group 53, Box 38, which is part of the IUP Memorabilia and Ephemera Collection.

    The IUP Special Collections and University Archives welcomes donations of all types of materials related to your experience during COVID-19. This can include correspondence, course assignments, documents, interviews, journaling, newspaper articles, personal reflections, photographs, press releases, scrapbooks, and social media. You are welcome to contact the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist.

    IUP Welcome Week Leaders - Fall 2020

    IUP Welcome Week Leaders, Fall 2020