Special Collections at Hope College

The special collections of Hope College include the Rare Book Collection located at the Van Wylen Library and the Joint Archives located in the Theil Research Center.

The portals to digital collections include the Institutional Repository: Digital Commons @ Hope College and Image Collections @ Hope College.


Student Scholarship using Special Collections

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Special Collections offer students a unique opportunity to experience learning through direct engagements with rare or unique items.


Faculty may schedule class visits and work with librarians and the archivist to create assignments that use primary sources, such as rare books, maps, photographs, letters, and other manuscripts.

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Student projects using Special Collections are highlighted on the Student Scholarship page.