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Special Collections: Classes & Tours

The Special Collections Department of the Cunningham Memorial Library holds the University's unique physical and digital collections. Special Collections consists of three units: Rare Books & Manuscripts, University Archives, and the Permanent Art Collect


Litho Print
Z Fold and Warhol Spring 2024
6th Grade Class viewing Masks Collection
part of our rare book and manuscripts
Classes held in Reading Room, History research
20th C African Masks (Bambara or Bambana); Art History Class, Topics in African Art, retrieved from ISU SmugMug
Class held in Cordell Room, History
A Yankee In King Arthurs Court, Rare Books

Schedule in Advance


Please schedule with us in advance, ideally at the beginning of the semester when you are working on your syllabus. If you are unable to bring your request to us at the beginning of the semester, please allow us two weeks to organize your visit. This gives us plenty of time to pull items and make sure that we have an appropriate space available. Please call 812-237-2610 if you need to reschedule or cancel a class.

Permanent Art Collection Curator

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Ian Carey
Cunningham Memorial Library
510 South 6 1/2 Street,
Terre Haute, IN 47809



Scheduling an initial meeting with our University Archivist, Permanent Art Curator, or Department Chair can be very helpful as it allows us to discuss the details and goals of your visit.

During the initial meetings please let us know what your expectations are and if you will be requesting specific materials for your class. If you don’t have any specific materials in mind we can highlight items in our collections and give you advice on relevant resources for your students.

Tours and Classes

The Department provides experiential learning opportunities for faculty and their classes throughout the semester. Please feel free to contact the Chair or other staff members at (812) 237-2610 about setting up appointments for a session.

Experiential learning opportunities for supporting course curricula include:

  • Tours and special presentations
  • Hands-on examination of early materials
  • Resource guides to collections
  • Individualized instruction
  • Student interaction with exhibitions

Tours are also available for community groups and others interested in informational sessions regarding the collections, their history and background, and their relevance to today.



In order to help us accommodate your class’ needs, please send us information about the course or assignment so that we can prepare appropriate materials for you and your students.

We can also assist you in building an assignment using our assets.

University Archivist Contact

University Archivist

(812) 237-8435