Location of the collections/ Physical building

At this time, Drew’s special collections and archives are stored in closed stacks both in the Learning Center and in the United Methodist Archives Center (Methodist Library).  As a general rule, collection materials can be viewed by appointment in the Wilson Reading Room of the Methodist Library.

Points to know:

  • Special collections and archival materials do not circulate, and so must remain in the reading room. Special arrangements may be made for classroom use.
  • Please make an appointment in advance by contacting speccol@drew.edu with information about the collection(s) you wish to view. (Researchers may use the Methodist Library collections without an appointment during the open hours of the Reading room.)
  • To protect our collections, bring pencils or a laptop to take notes.
  • Food and drink must be kept outside the reading room.
  • Travel bags, backpacks and briefcases must be kept outside the reading room. Lockers for personal belongings are provided upon request.
  • Please use our finding aids and catalog, and/or inquire of the library staff ahead of time to identify the items you wish to examine.
  • Items in folders, etc. need to remain in the order in which they are organized. When leaving the room , the researcher should return their materials to the staff member in charge.
  • We will supply gloves if needed to examine items.
  • Professors wishing to arrange class sessions with the materials should schedule them by contacting speccol@drew.edu.
  • For full details of our access policies, see the Special Collections and University Archives Access Policy.
  • Unprocessed materials are not open for research. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the Special Collections Department.

How can we help you at a distance?

We are happy to check to see whether our collections contain specific material, and to tackle reference questions involving our materials. As staff time allows, we may be able to scan and email material for a remote patron, but a charge may be assessed. Please email speccol@drew.edu, or the library reference desk to be referred to the proper person.

Registering (at the desk)

You will be asked to complete the registration form in advance or upon arrival in order to request materials. Drew students, staff, and faculty must present a valid Drew ID card when materials are requested. Visiting researchers must present a form of identification such as a driver’s license or credit card when materials are requested. ID cards may be retained at the Reference Desk in the Methodist Center while materials are being used.


Materials may be copied only with permission of Special Collections staff. In most cases, Special Collections staff will make the copies. Fragile materials may not be copied. A photocopying or scanning charge will be assessed. See our policy on Photocopying and Scanning From Special Collections

Digital Photography

Please obtain permission from the Special Collections staff before taking digital photographs of Special Collections material. Re-use of digital photographs falls under the Copyright and Reproduction rights, below.

Copyright and Reproduction rights

You must secure written permission from the staff to publish Special Collections material. You assume all responsibility for conforming with copyright laws and for correctly citing the source of the archival material. This repository should be cited as
“Drew University Libraries, Special Collections, Madison, New Jersey.”
We ask that you send a copy of any publication resulting from extensive research in Special Collections to Drew University Libraries.


Special collections may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Please check the Library Hours page for any special holiday closings.