Special Collections and Archives Services

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Use of Trinity University’s Special Collections and Archives is open to everyone and an appointment is not required unless it is outside of our normal open hours. We encourage all interested parties to visit and use the collection.  Materials do not circulate but can be used in the Special Collections and Archives reading room. Some materials may be restricted. We are happy to help with any reference questions.

For remote reference requests, staff can spend up to one hour working on your reference request.

For remote reference questions that will require more than one hour of research, we recommend that you come in person or hire an independent researcher. 

Our team provides reproduction services of material housed within Special Collections and Archives.

Reproduction fees support the ongoing care of archival collections and rare books. Reproduction services are provided free of charge to Trinity students, faculty, staff, and administration, but requests are subject to limitations.

Type Fees – Outside Patrons Fees – Trinity students, faculty, staff, administration
Remote reference (low resolution scan or phone capture) Free up to 10 captures per patron; $1 each after that. Free – subject to limitation
Low resolution scan of text documents (pdf – 150dpi) Free up to 10 pages or items per patron; $1 each after that. Free – subject to limitation
Retrieval of high-resolution image scan (tif/jpg) $5 each Free – subject to limitation
Creation of new high-resolution image scan (tif/jpg) $15 each Free – subject to limitation

To request reproductions, please fill out the Duplication Order Form and submit it to

Special Collections & Archives offers various services to faculty looking to integrate rare and archival sources into their courses. Services include:

  • Host class visits to the reading room to view pre-selected materials
  • Provide drop-in orientation sessions in your classroom in preparation for a class assignment
  • Identify and digitize resources to support your lectures or reading assignments
  • Assistance in designing class exercises using rare materials
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View our faculty services page for more information on how we can help bring history alive in your class.