Library

Special Collections: Contents

  • Materials relating to the history of New Jersey, primarily Lakewood and Ocean County, especially rare or out-of-print titles
  • Autographed copies of books by distinguished authors
  • Books and manuscripts whose format, age, condition, binding, illustrations or other unusual features merit special handling

Using the Special Collections Materials

All items are listed in the online catalog with the location designation "SPECCOL" Researchers should copy the complete call number for each item they wish to consult. 

Researchers may access Special Collections during library hours by presenting the call numbers of requested materials to the staff members at the circulation desk. Users must sign a visitor register and leave all tote bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. with the staff member. 

Special Collection materials usually do not circulate outside the Special Collections Room.  Researchers may request up to three items at one time and may take notes with pencil and paper, or use a laptop computer, only.  Some items may be in fragile condition or in potential danger of exposure to the strong light of the copy machine and therefore, may not be copied.  However, for items that may be copied researchers should request the assistance of circulation desk personnel.  Black and white copies cost 10 cents per exposure.  Researchers must make payment when making the request for copies, unless they are authorized to charge the copies to a Georgian Court University academic department or administrative office.

The Map Collection

The library has a small, but growing, collection of maps, which is housed in the Special Collections reading room.  The maps are fully cataloged and may be located in the online catalog by subject, title, and issuing agency. All items are listed in the online catalog with the location designation "MAPS". For assistance in finding maps in the catalog, ask at the Reference Desk. 

Most of the information about the use of Special Collections materials applies also to the use of items in the Map Collection.  If you have any questions, inquire at the Reference Desk or the ask the staff member in the administrative office. 

The collection includes political, historical and topographical maps from many areas of the world, but the emphasis is on New Jersey.  

Please do not remove maps from the files or attempt to return them.  Leave maps on the table when you are finished.  Many maps are fragile; handle with care.   In most cases, maps cannot be photocopied because of their size. 

Maps do not circulate outside the reading room, except to faculty members for use in class.

The Archives Collection 

The Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library of Georgian Court University has collections of specialized materials maintained apart from the general collection.  The Archives collection is housed in the Archives Room located inside the Archives Office, Room 205.  The special nature of these resources dictates that they receive special handling, as well as remain in a temperature controlled environment.

 Contents of the Archives Collection:

  • Materials relating to George Jay Gould and his family, the Gould estate (Georgian Court) and its architect and artists

  • Resources (original) or those deemed primary sources related to the history of Georgian Court University (e.g., The Courtier, The Court Page, the Georgian Court College and Georgian Court University catalogs, Alumni Review, Court Pride, Georgian Court College/Georgian Court University Magazine)

  • Publications by alumni, faculty and administrators of Georgian Court College/University

  • Materials relating to Georgian Court College/University and its students, alumni, faculty and administrators

  • Materials relating to Mother Catherine McAuley, the Sistersof Mercy and the colleges and universities founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy

Materials

 Using the Archives Collection Materials:

The online catalog lists some items with the location designation Archives.  Be sure to copy the complete call number for each item you wish to consult.  Users can locate other items only by perusing the various folders and lists available in the Archives Office or Archives Room.

Access to the Archives Collection is generally available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Access at other times may be arranged, subject to the availability of staff, by calling (732) 987-2442 or 2441.  Researchers must sign the visitor register and leave all tote bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc., in the Archives Office.

Archives Collection materials usually do not circulate outside the Archives Room.  Researchers may request up to three items at one time and may take notes with pencil and paper, or use a laptop computer, only.  Some items may be in fragile condition or in potential danger of exposure to the strong light of the copy machine and, therefore, may not be copied.  However, for items that may be copied researchers should request the assistance of Archives personnel.  Black and white copies cost 10 cents per exposure.  Researchers must make payment when making the request for copies, unless they are authorized to charge the copies to a Georgian Court University academic department or administrative office.


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