About Us

The Drew University Special Collections encompass the Methodist Library, the University Archives, and a number of distinctive Special Collections. Among the latter are large holdings in Willa Cather, Walt Whitman, Byron, 19th and 20th century cartoon and graphic arts, the New Jersey governorship of Thomas Kean, and theological and religious source materials in liturgy, denominational history, biblical studies, slavery, missions and witchcraft. All collections are open to members of the Drew and outside communities.

Willa Cather letterThe Methodist Library and several Special Collections are housed across from the main library in the United Methodist Archives and History Center building with the General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church. The GCAH is the official archival repository for The United Methodist Church. Its collection includes records from the various denominational agencies within the United Methodist traditions, and personal papers of several bishops, denominational leaders, and missionaries from the 19th and 20th centuries. Patrons can view all materials in the Wilson Reading Room.

Contact Us

Students and researchers wishing to view a particular collection may do so by contacting us at speccol@drew.edu. You may find a full list of our collections here. We also recommend reading the information on Using the Collections. Requested collections may be viewed by appointment during regular business hours, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in the Wilson Reading Room of the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Please check the library hours page for our summer hours and for any special holiday closings.

Our Mission

To collect, preserve, interpret, provide access to and promote the use of rare and unique materials housed in Special Collections and University Archives, thereby supporting research and the academic programs of Drew University.