We encourage students, staff, and faculty from Drew University to make use of our collections and we also invite outside researchers and interested people to use the materials found in Special Collections, University Archives, and the Methodist Library. The materials are used in the Wilson Reading Room.
The Wilson Reading Room is located on the main floor of the United Methodist Archives and History Center. The Wilson Reading Room is where most of the non-circulating materials are used, including all Methodist Library and Archives materials, Special Collections, and many of the University Archives materials.
The Wilson Reading Room is a study space, equipped with large tables, comfortable chairs, and electrical outlets in the tables. We also have public access computers, overhead and flatbed scanners, a photocopier, and a digital microfilm machine available to researchers. Researchers are welcome to use laptops, notebooks and pencils, or cameras without flash for note taking. See our full list of Reading Room Policies.
The Wilson Reading Room was named after Clarence True Wilson, General Secretary of the Methodist Board of Temperance, Prohibition, and Public Morals. Renovations to the room in January 2015 were made possible by a gift from Maribeth W. Collins, Clarence True Wilson’s granddaughter.
We encourage Professors to bring their classes in for Instructional Sessions. Sessions range from general introductions to Special Collections and Archives, with an overview of materials, to hands-on, in-depth research with materials. We are happy to provide class tours and arrange for the use of materials in teaching. We have a classroom and a conference room available to different size groups and often teach sessions in the Wilson Reading Room. Contact email@example.com to discuss a class visit.
Because Drew University was originally founded as a Methodist theological seminary, there are many Methodist materials in both the University Archives and the Methodist Archives. However, the University Archives hold the records of Drew University and its institutional history, while the Methodist Archives hold materials that relate directly to the United Methodist Church.
Appointments are not necessary for most of the collections, including the Methodist Library and most of the rare books. However, some collections, such as those within University Archives and within several special collections, are housed in the Main Library and require an appointment so they can be transported to the Wilson Reading Room. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to ask about appointments.
Everyone! We encourage students, staff, and faculty from Drew University to make use of our collections and we also invite outside researchers and interested people to use the materials found in Special Collections, University Archives, and the Methodist Library.
You are welcome to bring a notepad, pencils, and a laptop into the reading room. Cell phones are also allowed on silent. We ask that all bags, coats, pens, and food/drink be left in the lockers provided. See a full list of our policies.
We welcome cameras, as long as you don’t use flash. No tripods or personal scanners are allowed.
Even though some of our books are very new and in very good shape, it is our job to protect them so that they will be around in the future. Some of the materials, such as the theses in University Archives, are the only copies known to exist. The Methodist Library acts as the depository, which means in addition to preserving older works, our job is to collect and keep new works so that future generations will have access to them.
Yes! We welcome tour groups, especially those interested in learning about our work. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
We regularly accept donations of books and papers that relate to our collecting areas. If you are interested in donating materials, please contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
We do not provide appraisals of materials. However, you can search for booksellers who may be able to provide a value for your book(s) through the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.