Special Collections Research Center

The SCRC is the principal repository for and steward of the Libraries’ rare books, manuscripts, archives and University records. We collect, preserve, and make accessible primary resources and rare or unique materials, to stimulate, enrich, and support research, teaching, learning, and administration at Temple University. SCRC makes these resources available to a broad constituency as part of the University's engagement with the larger community of scholars and independent researchers.

In 2011, Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center took shape, merging the staff and collections of our former Special Collections and Urban Archives departments. 

The SCRC now includes these collecting areas:


While we are constantly striving to increase the discoverability of our materials, this website only covers a small portion of our actual collections and holdings--which is over 60,000 linear feet and growing. If you don't find what you are looking for on our website, we encourage you to pay us a visit, call or e-mail us.