Divinity Library Special Collections

Information for Researchers

Information for researchers

Manage requests (Aeon)

Planning your research visit

Reproduction policies

Copyright and permissions


Guide to Missions and World Christianity

The Special Collections Reading Room is located on the ground floor of the Divinity Library. If you have questions about access, please call (203) 432-5301 or email divinity.library@yale.edu.  See the Library's Planning Your Research Visit page for directions, parking information, and lodging possibilities.

Requests for material should be made through Archives at Yale for archival material and Orbis for restricted circulation published materials and microforms.  It is important to note that most collections are stored at an off-campus shelving facility so if you wish to examine material from these collections in the Special Collections Reading Room on the day of your arrival at the Divinity Library, you must submit your request in advance. Your request will be fulfilled within a maximum of two business days, and you will receive an email message when the materials are available.

The Special Collections department is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See the Divinity Library hours page for exceptions. Original format materials can be used only when the Special Collections department is open but microfilm and microfiche collections can be used whenever the Divinity Library is open.

Access to the Divinity Library's Special Collections is normally granted to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars or authors from both within and outside Yale. Family members of those who have donated their personal papers are welcome to use family papers. All researchers must agree to the terms governing use of the Divinity Library's Special Collections.

Please address reference inquiries to divinity.library@yale.edu.

We encourage researchers to visit the Divinity Library in person in order to take advantage of its valuable complementary collections but recognize that in-person visits may not be possible for all. We are willing to respond to remote requests for information and for copies of materials according to our stated reproduction policies. Due to the volume of requests and staffing constraints, the Special Collections staff typically can spend no more than one hour assisting patrons at a distance in identifying materials to answer a reference request or to be reproduced. Patrons who submit reference or reproduction requests requiring more than one hour of staff time will need to do the additional work in person or to hire a research assistant.

The following are possible options to explore in order to locate a research assistant for hire. You will need to be able to describe your research needs succinctly in order to utilize any of these services. Be sure to include any special research skills required, such as languages.

  • A message sent to divinity.library@yale.edu can be forwarded to the Yale Divinity School’s student email listserv.
  • The McDougal Graduate Student Center within Yale's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences maintains e-mail contact with all Yale graduate and professional students. You may contact the McDougal Graduate Student Center by email at at mcdougal.center@yale.edu or by telephone at (203) 432-2583, to advertise employment of a research assistant
  • Yale history students are sometimes interested in temporary employment. You may contact the Department of History by telephone at (203) 432-1366 or by writing to P.O. Box 208324, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8324.
  • The Center for Career Services at Southern Connecticut State University maintains a registry for services wanted, which is available to its entire student body. Please contact them directly if you are interested in utilizing this service to advertise for a research assistant.
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