Archives and Special Collections

Mission
The Archives and Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides public access to materials documenting the history of Youngstown State University and the Mahoning Valley.

Archives
The Archives consists of historical records from University offices and departments dating from the founding of Youngstown College in 1908. The bulk of these records document the last thirty years of the university's history. Also included in the archives are a small set of papers of faculty members, staff, and alumni.
The Archives is located on the fifth floor of the Maag Library and is open from 1pm - 4pm, Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, see Visiting the Archives.

Special Collections
The holdings of Special Collections includes rare books and other published materials on a wide range of topics. All Special Collections publications are cataloged in Maag.Net. Due to their age, condition, and/or value, these books cannot be checked out, but can be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Special Collections is located together with the Archives on the fifth floor of the Maag Library and is open from 1pm - 4pm, Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, see Visiting the Archives.

Melnick Medical Museum
The Melnick Medical Museum is dedicated to the collection and preservation of objects that document the history of medicine, especially as it relates to the Youngstown region. Through its exhibits, library, archives, educational programs, and public events, the museum provides an opportunity for health care practitioners, the university community, and the general public to gain a greater understanding of medical history. Check out the museum's blog and YouTube channel
(October 2013 to August 2015: The museum is closed for relocation. "Suitecase tours" from the curator are available for local groups. Displays and traveling exhibits will be shown in Cushwa Hall. Visit the museum website or call 330-941-4662 for more information.)

Records Management
The purpose of the YSU Records Management Program is to assist faculty, staff, and administrators in managing University records. For more information contact the Archives at 330-941-3487, or use the Ask a Records Manager form to submit your questions.

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