Arranging a Visit

Please provide Lear Center staff with at least two weeks' advance notice when arranging a class session in the Center. This allows us to ensure that the items you need are available and that we are prepared to arrange and introduce the materials. Students are encouraged to handle materials, but should make certain that their hands are clean (the Lear Center does not require the use of gloves for handling books and manuscripts). Lear center staff can offer preliminary instruction on the handling of delicate materials.

If you would like to find a way to integrate the use of rare materials into research or class projects, don't hesitate to make an appointment to come in and discuss this with Lear Center staff. In some circumstances it may be possible to digitize materials for further use in the classroom.

Contact Information:

Benjamin Panciera
Ruth Rusch Sheppe '40 Director of Special Collections
Phone: 860-439-2654

Becky Parmer
College Archivist
Phone: 860-439-2686

Linda Lear Center for
Special Collections & Archives
Charles E. Shain Library
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320