The Lear Center encourages faculty to schedule class sessions in the Palmer Room. This provides a unique opportunity to familiarize students with primary source research. Lear Center staff can provide a brief introduction to Special Collections & Archives or conduct entire class sessions, depending on the wishes of the instructor. Faculty who wish to make use of rare materials throughout the semester should contact Lear Center staff to discuss the possibility of having their classes meet regularly in the Palmer Room.

In the past, Lear Center collections have been used in college seminars and classes from the departments of Art, Art History and Architectural Studies, Dance, Education, English, Gender and Women's Studies, and History. The department has ample resources for most course offerings in the humanities and social sciences. Class sessions have ranged from general introductions to primary sources in a field to specific topical presentations. Lear Center staff are happy to discuss class projects and potential research topics using our collections.

Contact Information:

Benjamin Panciera
Ruth Rusch Sheppe '40 Director of Special Collections
Phone: 860-439-2654


Linda Lear Center for
Special Collections & Archives
Charles E. Shain Library
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320