Using the Collections


Using the Collections

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.

Some materials require an appointment, such as those in University Archives and some of the special collections. Please email or to make an appointment.

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.

Class Visits

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 to discuss a class visit.