Reference Assistance

Special Collections staff is available to assist with research needs and interests, whether in person, electronically, or by telephone. Since not all collections are fully cataloged, you are encouraged to contact Special Collections for information on materials in specific areas.

Archival Collections

Finding aids for most of our major collections have been encoded in EAD and can be searched dynamically in the Archives West database or by using the Finding Aids search box on the right side of this page. Archives West is a database of archival finding aids from repositories in the Northwest and Western United States including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Utah. New finding aids are added on a regular basis.

Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Lewis & Clark rare books and manuscripts collections consist of a wide range of rare and fragile materials that have been acquired by the College since its founding in 1867. The complete rare book holdings are included within the Watzek online catalog and can be searched using the Special Collections search box on the right side of this page.

Digital Collections

Digital Collections features digitized versions of photographs, manuscripts, books, and audio/video recordings from the Aubrey R. Watzek Library Special Collections and Archives. Items can be searched through our LC Digital Collection page or by using the Digital Collections search box on the right side of this page. Items may be browsed as one large group or by topical collection.

Research Guides

Access to research guides and databases are available through the Watzek Library website research page. For more information on library databases contact a research librarian for help with an assignment, project or resource.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11-5

Instruction, Class Visits and Tours

Special Collections staff offer several types of instruction services including subject-specific instruction, curriculum support, customized courses, presentations, and tours. View our Instruction section for more information about how Special Collections can work with your class or curriculum.