The Callie Faye Milliken Special Collections/Abilene Christian University Archives of the Margaret and Herman Brown Library include those materials that, because of subject coverage, rarity, source, condition, or form, are best handled separately from the Main Collection.
The shelves are not open for browsing; however, access to the materials is provided by ALCON , the online bibliographical catalog; DigitalCommons@ACU, the Institutional Repository sponsored by the ACU Library; and a knowledgeable staff.
Scanning service is available when it will NOT harm the materials and is permitted by federal copyright law – see more information below. Users of the materials should contact our staff upon entering Special Collections Reading Room.
Because of the difficult task of encouraging use of the materials while protecting them for future users, these limitations must be employed.
Location: Located on the lower level of the Brown Library. If you come down the main staircase, we are directly to the left – behind the glass walls.
We would love to schedule a time to talk with you about the things we do, and how we can help you with your research and inquiries. Contact us!
Digital Scholarship Center Requests: In order to generate digital reproductions from within Special Collections, one must consult with Special Collections staff, who will need to review the item’s overall condition, check fair use and copyright law, and look into any restrictions imposed by the original owner or donor of the item before it can be digitized by the Digital Scholarship Center staff . Digital Scholarship Center and Special Collections staff and student workers can digitize requested items at our $20/hr rate, with a minimum of 1 hour charged regardless of the time – see Time Rubric for time estimations, and we round up to the next hour once we hit 15 minutes past each hour. It is always a good idea to plan ahead and allow our staff some time to review and check all of their guidelines when requesting a digital file from Special Collections. We ask that you allow a minimum of 2 business days for Special Collections staff to run their reviews and checks before any digitization by the Digital Scholarship Center can take place. Contact information for the Special Collections staff can be found on the right, or by clicking here.
In order to give you an idea of how much time digitization takes, we use a Time Rubric for estimating certain digitization projects based upon an ideal working environment, equipment running flawlessly, and our own experience in the past throughout a particular process. Hopefully, it will help you understand the time commitment we invest in seeing a job done right and well for you when you send us a request.