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Special Collections and Archives


Knox College Library

2 E. South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



Stacks of library books inside Seymour Library.

The Special Collections and Archives includes the Archives of Knox College, Manuscripts Collections and Rare Books. The collections support the curriculum and the academic programs of the college and provide primary source material for independent study and honors work. Faculty, staff and students, as well as numerous researchers from around the world use the collections.

The Knox College Special Collections and Archives has been evolving since 1890 when it began as the Memorabilia Room, a tiny attic with yearbooks and collegiate mementos. Today the College treasures—books, documents, maps and art—are housed in the heart of the Seymour Library with room for study and staff assistance.

Knox College and the town of Galesburg were founded together in 1837 and our collections document the early days of the town. Also included in the Local History Collections is information about the individuals, churches, businesses and activities that contributed over the years to the community that exists today. In addition, the Knox College Art Collections are part of Special Collections and Archives and serve to enhance the academic programs provided by the College.

Researchers are welcome. Please review our research policies. Those researching college alumni and past faculty should contact the curator or a member of our staff.

Information about recent graduates can be obtained from the Office of Alumni Relations (309-341-7238).

Official academic records can be obtained from the office of the Registrar (309-341-7205).


The Special Collections and Archives is located in Seymour Library on the second floor and is open during academic terms:

  • Tuesday: 1pm - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday through Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday through Monday: Closed

Hours vary during the summer and at other times during the year when the college is not in session. It is always best to call ahead for hours and research assistance.

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