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Circulation Module 1: An Introduction to Hutchins Library

About Special Collections

It is the primary purpose of Special Collections & Archives to collect, preserve, and organize printed, archival, manuscript, and sound materials related to Berea College, the Southern Appalachian region, and the community of Berea.

Special Collections has limited hours and is NOT open during all of the same hours as the rest of the library. The hours change often. Here is a link to up-to-date hours for Special Collections:

It can be difficult to know when to refer patrons to Special Collections for research assistance. Here are some general rules of thumb which will help you determine when to refer them and whom to refer them to:

Refer the patron to Harry Rice when they have questions about:

  • Sound and Media Archives related inquiries, access to SC&A Sound and Media resources

  • Appalachian topics, especially Traditional Music, oral histories

  • Sound Preservation inquiries

  • Questions related to the Appalachian Sound Fellowship Program

  • Acquisitions of Sound or Media related collections

Refer the patron to Caitlyn Rahschulte when they have questions about:

  • All general information inquiries related to SC&A resources

  • Arranging regular research visits or pre-arranged appointments

  • Reading Room use and procedures

  • Book reserve requests

  • Photocopies or scan requests

  • Genealogy related requests

  • General research requests for all SC&A resources and collections

Refer the patron to Tim Binkley when:

  • The only time you would refer a patron to Tim is if the patron is one of Berea College's teaching faculty who wants to arrange for their entire class to come over to Special Collections for an instruction session.

  • Someone wants to donate materials specifically to our Special Collections, not the library in general (because remember, general donations are directed to Calvin Gross)

Don't refer patrons directly to Lori