Welcome to the Miami University Special Collections & Archives


The Walter Havighurst Special Collections holds over 65,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts, and special subject collections. Collection strengths include: the history and culture of the Ohio Valley/Old Northwest Territory; the history of transportation, especially in the 19th century; the American Civil War; pre- and post-revolutionary Russian history, art and literature; William Holmes McGuffey and his Readers; 19th century gift books; and children’s literature, especially the 18th through the 20th centuries, including 19th century schoolbooks. Cataloged materials in the Special Collections & Archives may be searched through the library catalog. For manuscript collections, please see the finding aids on the individual collection pages.

The archives held at Miami University are comprised of three archives: the Miami University Archives, which contains manuscripts, publications, photographs, and artifacts dealing with Miami University history; the Western College Memorial Archives, which holds materials from the Board of Trustee records dating back to 1853; and the Oxford College Archives, which documents the history of the women’s college. Archival records may be accessed online through our ArchivesSpace instance.


Due to the renovation and preparation for the University Archives move into Special Collections (3rd Floor King Library) Special Collections print materials may be inaccessible.

The Special Collections reading room will remain open and staff are available for questions.  M – F 8:00-5:00p

The move is estimated to be completed in April. We apologize for any noise during this time and look forward to the exciting future with Special Collections and Archives together in King Library.

Questions: please contact Special Collections at 513-529-3323 or 513-529-2024  email: SpecColl@MiamiOH.edu

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321 King Library

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News and Events

New exhibit launched: Steam Boats & Steam Ships: Oceans, Lakes, & Rivers!

Pictures and video of our Third Annual Special Collections Lecture are now online!

Our Ethiopian Coptic Prayer Book can now be viewed online!