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Special Collections Collecting Policy

The Special Collections department of the Stewart Library focuses on collection materials that document Ogden and Weber County specifically and Northern Utah generally. Such materials include printed works, and non-printed items such as photographs, maps, ephemera and personal papers and organizational records. In addition to this primary focus, the department acquires materials which help to better understand the history of Utah and those forces - both within its boundaries and in adjacent states - that have contributed to its development.

In addition to this general collecting emphasis, the department also collects a variety of materials reflecting the interests and wishes of various donors who have given money and materials to Special Collections. The most important and extensive of these collection include; The Howell Library which emphasizes 19th and 20th century literature, biography, and political economy; the Wheelwright Collection focusing on Mormon history and thought; a significant collection of 19th and 20th century western and cowboy novels; and, the illustrated books and paintings collection of Paul Bransom.

While emphasizing the local community, the Special Collections department selectively acquires certain materials - traditionally thought of as rare books - which document various aspects of culture and history, and are valuable both intrinsically, and in building a larger context for other departmental holdings. In such cases where this type of material is purchased, gift funds designated for such purchases are used.


  1. Fill out a call slip with name, date, call numbers, and patron status.
  2. Give the slip and current picture I.D. to staff attendant.
  3. Deposit briefcase, backpack, etc. at the front counter.
  4. Use only pencils or a laptop computer for taking notes.
  5. Materials do not circulate and are used in the reading room only.
  6. Preserve the existing order of any unbound materials, such as manuscripts or photographs.  Exercise care in handling fragile items.
  7. Photocopies may be made with the permission of a Special Collections attendant.  Be aware that copyright laws may apply.  Fragile or rare materials may be photocopied buy only by Special Collections personnel.
  8. At the discretion of the Special Collections attendant, some materials may be used after hours at the reference desk of the Stewart Library.  Photo I.D. is required.
  9. Materials will not be pulled fifteen minutes prior to closing.

(During regular Stewart Library hours)

Monday, Wednesday- Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday- 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays - Closed

Updated Febuary,02,2004 . Please send comments to Joan Hubbard, University Librarian.
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