An Archive retains mostly unpublished materials, like letters, records, diaries, meeting minutes, etc. Unlike a Library, access to an Archive is usually restricted, and a staff member retrieves items for your use. Collections of materials in an Archive is typically organized according to creator, while a library collection is usually organized by subject.
While an Archive contains historical and unpublished materials, a Special Collections maintains rare and unusual materials.
Clark University's Archives and Special Collections offers a wide array of university history and rare materials that are available for research.
If this is your first visit to an Archives, you can use some of the linked resources below to help you prepare!