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Honors Religious Studies 289: Communal and Utopian Societies

Accessing the Hess Archives

The Hess Archives and Special Collections houses rare and unique materials, including many exciting collections that support the research interests of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies.

Location: Level 1 of the High Library.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm (please call or e-mail in advance)

***It is strongly suggested that students in HRE289 make an individual research appointment with Rachel to discuss materials on their research topics.***

What are archives?

Archives contain the records of individual people, families, and organizations, and are preserved to document information of continuing value. Archives can contain both published and unpublished materials such as letters, diaries, photographs, architectural plans, audio and visual recordings, and artifacts. Materials can exist in both analog and digital formats.

Archives are closely related to libraries but differ in significant ways:

  • Archives are traditionally arranged by creator (not subject)
  • Archivists strive to preserve original order
  • Because archives contain rare and unique materials, special handling and use restrictions often apply
  • Archives tend to be stored in closed stacks--collections do not circulate