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Special Collections and College Archives: For Students

New to Special Collections and College Archives? Explore this page for a brief introduction!

Researching With Special Collections

Special Collections and College Archives houses a variety of materials that will support your research. Please browse MUSCAT Plus to locate items that are in our Library's catalog. You can also visit GettDigital to explore a sampling of our materials. If you'd like to schedule a research consultation, please contact Carolyn Sauter, Director of Special Collections and College Archives, at

Citation Guide

When citing materials from Special Collections, please cite the full name of the collection and of Special Collections. Not all materials will have full citation data, in which case you may leave that part of the citation out or put “unknown” as your professor prefers. Please see your professor for the specific citation style they want for the assignment and any special concerns.

Special Collections Citation Guide


The following is an example of how to cite a letter from Special Collections:

Writer, Method of Communication to Recipient, Date. Number of Collection: Name of Collection, Name of repository, Place.


Robert E. Lee, letter to David McConaughy, August 5, 1869. MS-022: David McConaughy Papers, Special Collections/Musselman Library, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.