Special Collections class visits

Host a class in Special Collections!

We are eager to partner with faculty and instructors to provide immersive experiences during which classes can make use of the rich array of materials housed in the Department of Special Collections. 

Request a class visit  

What types of materials are offered?

In partnering with faculty and instructors, we make every effort to provide a curated selection of materials that aligns with the content and goals of the course.  We value and encourage input from faculty and instructors on the selection of materials for class sessions. 

Here is short list of representative items housed in Special Collections:

  • Cuneiform tablet from 2056 BCE 

  • Medieval manuscripts 

  • Rare first editions of printed books 

  • John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway correspondence 

  • Architectural records of Buckminster Fuller and business records from the Apple Corporation, as well as many other collections relating to the history of Silicon Valley 

  • Documents reflecting the founding and growth of Stanford University

  • Archival materials reflecting movements for civil rights in the twentieth-century United States, including rich photography collections


Reach out to Special Collections staff if you are having any issue finding an item in our library catalog (SearchWorks)

Are there any limits?

Yes. Because our teaching rooms are small, we must limit classes to no more than twenty-five students per session.

Questions about class visits?

If you have questions about Special Collections class visits, please contact the Special Collections office

Last updated May 21, 2024