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Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives @ Wardman Library

The Special Collections & Archives is the official home for Whittier College's historical documents, photographs, publications, and other campus- related collections. Its purpose is to document the history of the College and the surrounding Whittier community and to provide primary resource materials for students, faculty, alumni, scholars, and researchers.

Core Mission: To appraise, collect, arrange, describe, and preserve materials of historical value directly related to Whittier College, its students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community. To provide adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of historical documents related to the College, its history, and mission.To provide access and research services to Whittier College affiliates and independent researchers.

The Whittier College Special Collections is available by appointment only. Whittier College affiliates may drop-in for consultation.

Search our Special Collections using the library CATALOG and the Online Archive of California ‚Äč 


All new patrons must provide the staff with an I.D. for access.  Please fill out the Item Request Form to retrieve materials.

While handling collections, patrons may only use pencils, laptops, notebooks, and digital cameras. Staff has the right to refuse entry of any items they deem unfitting for the security of our collections. Staff also has the right to search personal items upon leaving Special Collections. Food and drink are not allowed near our collections. Many of the items in our Special Collections are rare, unique, or fragile. To ensure their continued stability, please follow specific handling protocol.

Reproduction and Usage Policies and Request Form

To request a reproduction of an image or document in our collections patrons must fill out the form above. There are two forms included in the above document: one for personal reproduction requests, and one for publication usage and reproduction requests.  Patrons must agree to all guidelines for reproduction and usage or requests cannot be approved.

Patrons are allowed to use their own devices to take pictures of those materials not held in copyright and without restrictions. materials. Reproductions may not be done immediately, depending on staffing and amount of copying; copies can be picked up at a later time or emailed/mailed to the patron.

Acquisitions & Donations

The Special Collections & Archives at the Wardman Library acquires materials that has research and historical value to the Whittier College community.  Reflecting the College's yearly functions in the areas of administration, teaching, research, student activities, and cultural enrichment, as well as items documenting the achievements of faculty, staff, and students. Archival material in all formats are deemed to have historical value if they relate directly to core values, mission, and activities of the Whittier College.

The Archives reserves the right to reject, or, deaccession materials that do not fit our collection policy, are too costly to process and store, or that have unique copyright restrictions that do not allow researchers to access their information.

 If you have materials that you wish to donate to the College, please contact the Archives Librarian.