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This guide is designed for human rights classes and anyone interested in learning more about human rights primary sources at the Archives & Special Collections.
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Where are the Archives?

The Thomas J Dodd Research Center

UConn Libraries' Archives and Special Collections (ASC) at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. 

Our hours during the academic year are:

Monday-Friday 9 AM- 4 PM

Find out the latest news on our blog, twitter, tumblr and facebook

The Dodd Center is across the plaza from Homer Babbidge Library and next to the Whetten Graduate Center.  Click here to find us on a map of campus.

Questions about Human Rights Collections? Contact Graham Stinnett


What are Archives?

First time visiting the archives?  No problem!

What kind of stuff is in the Archives & Special Collections?

Our collections include manuscript materials (such as letters, diaries, photographs, meeting minutes) and selected published materials, including and specialized serials and book collections, and university records. The Collections by Subject page describes the Archives' main areas of focus. 

Can I just come and look at items in the Archives & Special Collections?

Yes and no.  We are open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, but all of our materials must be used in the reading room between 10 am and 4 pm under the supervision of a reference archivist.  Unlike at Babbidge Library, our stacks are hidden, so you can't just browse through them. 

Instead, you tell the reference archivist what you want to look at, by providing either the collection name and box number or the call number and the archivist retreives the materials from the stacks and brings them out to you.

So, if I can't look in the stacks, how do I know what's there?

That's exactly what this guide is for!  We'll help you find materials for your research, and show you how to use our online finding aids (guides to the collections), and how to search for items in PRIMO and on the Archives'website.

Visitors will need to register every year to view materials in the archives.  You can complete the form and fill it out ahead of time, or simply come to the reference desk, and will be able to apply in person.


Reading Room Ettiquette

What you can bring into the Reading Room:

  • Pencils
  • Scratch paper
  • Digital camera (without the case)
  • Laptop (without the case)

What you can NOT bring into the Reading Room:

  • Pens/Markers
  • Bags/Purses/Backpacks
  • Computer and digital camera cases
  • Briefcases
  • Coats/Outerwear
  • Umbrellas
  • Food
  • Beverages

Cell phones may not be used in the reading room, but may be kept on silent for timekeeping purposes.


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