Special Collections

We collect, steward, and preserve materials that document the Central Shenandoah Valley as well as the institutional history of James Madison University. Special Collections also serves as the Libraries’ repository for rare and unique materials. The Preservation office within Special Collections provides book and paper conservation for rare and archival collections as well as book repair for the Libraries’ circulating collections.

Our team works to support teaching and scholarship with primary source materials. We also promote primary source literacy within teaching and learning at JMU and in the wider community of researchers.

Special Collections’ materials and services are available to the public.

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Name Title Phone Email
Carpenter Layne Carpenter Digital Archivist carpe2lx@jmu.edu
Oates, Ph.D. N’Kosi Oates, Ph.D. Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture, Assistant Professor oatesne@jmu.edu
Morris Kate Morris Head of Special Collections 540-568-3444 morriskn@jmu.edu
Merkel Julia Merkel Preservation Officer 540-568-7040 merkeljm@jmu.edu
Cole Tiffany Cole Special Collections Archivist 540-568-5166 coletw@jmu.edu
Benavides Faith Benavides Special Collections Public Services Coordinator 540-568-3612 benavifm@jmu.edu
Amyot Cairdeas Bodeene Amyot Cairdeas Digital and Audiovisual Archivist 540-568-8858 amyotbm@jmu.edu