Special Collections

Boston University
Mugar Memorial Library
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston MA , 02215
FAX: (617)353-2084
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Reference Desk, Reference Librarian (617)353-3704 ask-a-librarian@bu.edu
Hours: M-Th 8:00AM-MIDNIGHT F,Sa 8:00AM-11:00PM Su 10:00AM-MIDNIGHT
Seasonal Hours:
  Summer Hours: M-Th 8:00AM-11:00PM F,Sa 8:00AM-5:00PM Su 10:00AM-11:00PM
Closings: Closed the week between Christmas and New Year's.
Holidays Open:
  Labor Day
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Other Services:
Bibliographic Utility:
Name: Department of Special Collections
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Secretary (617)353-3696 specc@acs.bu.edu
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Collections: 750
Formats: 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts 98,215 volumes of monographs newspapers maps photographs pamphlets audio tapes video tapes oral histories 8mm. motion picture reels 2,200 16mm. motion picture reels ephemera realia/artifacts
Collection Description:
  Twentieth Century Collection (manuscripts and typescripts, galleys, notes, notebooks, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, reviews, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and various editions of published works by 1
Literary Collection (papers of an eclectic collection of novelists, essayists, poets, biographers, and nonfiction writers)
Suspense & Mystery Writers Collection (also, the repository of the Mystery Writers of America files and library)
Public Affairs and Social & Religious Movements (documentation of the major political, diplomatic, economic, social, educational and philosophical movements of the Twentieth Century)
Journalism Collection (including careers of individual newspeople and aspects of national and international events such in the notes, notebooks, manuscripts, correspondence, speeches, date books, journals, photographs, and me
Theatre and Film Collections (preserving and administering the personal and professional papers of those actors, directors, producers, scriptwriters, playwrights, set designers, and cinematic chroniclers whose lives and caree
Music Collection (source of primary research materials on the musical life of our era, housing papers from outstanding musical artists of international renown, as well as composers, lyricists, conductors, opera administrators
Nursing Archives (Finding Aid)
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Access only in reading room, supervised All or part of the collection(s) not accessible Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff Institution will produce microfilm copies for a fee Restrictions on scanners Restrictions on cameras Restrictions on tape recorders
Loans: Loans for exhibits only Loans permitted for research only
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide Guides for manuscript collection Guides for archives' records groups Guide to photographic collection Guide to institutional microfilm holdings Card catalog
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