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History/Peace and Conflict Studies/International Studies 331: Peace and War in a Global World

An interdisciplinary guide for research on peace and war

Accessing the Hess Archives

The Hess Archives and Special Collections houses rare and unique materials, including materials on Anabaptist pacifists and conscientious objectors.

Location: Level 1 of the High Library.

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

Collection Highlights

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 Archives can contain both published and unpublished materials such as letters, diaries, photographs, architectural plans, audio and visual recordings, and artifacts.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