Programs and Events

The Archives & Special Collections hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year. 

Class Sessions and Group Tours

Class sessions and groups tours can involve a general introduction to the collections, with examples of books and materials from the 15th to 21st centuries.  Specialized sessions can be developed to complement and enhance course content and can focus on a particular era or topic, primary source research, or book history.

Please contact to discuss a specialized class session or group tour.

Behind the Archives Door 

Behind the Archives Door is an informal lecture series that meets in the Archives & Special Collections Seminar Room. Join us for light refreshments and an informal lecture on some of our rare and unique items.


 Behind the Archives Door: Zines and More!

Thursday, October 5, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian, will showcase our growing collection of zines and discuss how they can be used for teaching and learning. The Collins Library Zine Collection is a unique addition to our collections that came to Puget Sound from a generous donation through the Zine Pavilion at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June 2016 and has been growing since last summer. Currently, the Zine Collection contains around 175 zines on a variety of topics, both personal and political, including several authored by Puget Sound students. The wide breadth of topics include zines on local and national issues, politics, activism and social justice, environmental justice, queer identities, trans experiences, feminism, body image, fat embodiment, mental health, sexual assault, reproductive rights, race, whiteness, and more.

Behind the Archives Door: The African American Communist Party Pamphlets

Thursday, October 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Lori Ricigliano, Reference and Learning Commons Coordinator and Associate Director for User Services, will showcase our unique collection of African American Communist Party pamphlets, as well as other new acquisitions related to African American history. 

Behind the Archives Door: Archives & Special Collections Open House!

Monday, October 30, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Have you ever wondered exactly what an archivist does all day? Join us for an open house. Tour our spaces for a behind the scenes look at the Archives & Special Collections and learn how we process archival materials and get them ready for use by our researchers. 

Behind the Archives Door: Teaching with Primary Source Materials

Monday, November 13, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Adriana Flores will discuss opportunities to use primary source materials from the Archives & Special Collections in the classroom and for scholarly research by both faculty and students. Examples of how we have used archival materials in classes at Puget Sound will be available.