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Special Collections at the Jen Library, SCAD-Savannah: Home

Contact Special Collections

We are located on the 3rd floor of Jen Library in room 304.

Monday-Friday 8am -5:00pm
Breaks: Monday-Friday 8:30am -5:00pm


If you would like to schedule an individual appointment to view collection materials for inspiration or research email Special Collections. 


Faculty are encouraged to request instruction sessions at least two weeks in advance, in order to maximize staff planning, and space availability. To schedule a special collections instruction session, please complete the online instruction request form.

SCAD Clubs and Organizations:

If your club or organization would like to visit Special Collections as a club field trip, contact us.





Special Collections Unique Materials

Photo: Bible. N.T. Gospels. Latin. Book of Kells. Chi Rho page, Full-color facsimile of the 8th century Latin manuscript. Call Number: ND3359 .K4 .B65 1990 folio (Original MS 58, located at the Library of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland).

About Special Collections?

The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Savannah College of Art and Design maintains non-circulating collections of unique and significant original works in relevant areas of study housed in the Jen Library on the third floor. Special Collections supports a wide range of research and teaching in the fine and applied arts. While the items acquired may vary greatly in format and topical interest, all materials in the collection are considered to have notable value to SCAD programs. The purpose of Special Collections is to preserve these materials within a secure environment where their availability to the SCAD community and to the general public can be ensured for current and future generations.

About Primary Resources

Primary sources are records created by people who directly experienced the topic under discussion. The types of records can vary widely, but all are first-hand accounts of the event. Secondary sources are generated by people without personal knowledge; authors often use primary sources to create secondary sources.

Types of records often considered primary sources:


Contemporary news articles



Film/video of event

Government documents


Meeting minutes


Personal narratives


Research data

Evaluating Primary Resources

Primary sources are invaluable tools for understanding how and why events happened. It is essential to evaluate the source to understand the motive behind its creation and how it can alter the value of the informational content.

 Questions to ask should include:

Who created the source and why?

What sorts of information does the source supply?

Under what circumstances was the source created? How would this influence the content of the source?

For whom was the source created?

Was the source meant to be public or private?

Did the creator wish to inform, persuade his or her audience? What did the creator hope to accomplish by writing the source? Can you trust the source's content?