Why Use Our Collections?

The Lear Center offers a unique opportunity on campus to analyze rare materials. Students can learn the basic research skills necessary in researching primary source materials. Because many of the items in the collections are unique, there is the potential for significant discoveries to be made. Many of our manuscript collections have been largely unused and any research performed on these documents will bring to light something new. We have collections in all subject areas with particular strength in the following fields:

  • English and American literature
  • American History
  • Environmental Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Book Arts and the history of printing
  • Children's literature and illustration
  • History and Architecture of Connecticut College and New London

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