Archives and Special Collections

rare books

Archives and Special Collections



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Clark University's Archives and Special Collections Department is the repository for approximately 7,000 linear feet of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials. Items from the collection can be consulted in the Archives and Special Collections area; none of the material circulates. Patrons must produce satisfactory identification before using any of the material. Researchers have included students, faculty and staff from Clark and visitors from around the world. The department also hosts most of the activities of the Friends of the Goddard Library.

The Archives and Special Collections area is located on the ground floor of the Robert H. Goddard Library. For those traveling to the campus, the library is located on Downing Street in Worcester and is easily found on the Clark University campus map.

Regular hours are Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment. We are closed on weekends and many holidays. It is advisable to call or email before traveling here. You can contact us at or 508-793-7206.

Please read our Collection Policy and browse our website further for more information about our holdings.  The finding aids for the papers of G. Stanley Hall, Robert H. Goddard, Wallace W. Atwood, Ben H. Bagdikian, Karl J.R. Arndt, Esther Forbes, Olive Higgins Prouty, Achille J. St. Onge, Percy Roope, Stanley Kunitz, among others, and the Jonas G. Clark Rare Book Collection can be found on The Archives and Special Collections Finding Aids page of the Clark Digital Commons.  The finding aids can be downloaded.