Library Liaison & Special Collections

History Library Liaison & Adviser

Sarah Calhoun
Office - Library 471
Phone - 507-222-7172
scalhoun@carleton.edu

For History majors, the Gould Library is a vital laboratory where we explore, experiment, and discover. The History department encourages all majors to get to know the library deeply and to collaborate actively with History Library Liaison, Sarah Calhoun! Sarah is available to help you to take full advantage of the Library's exceptional digital and physical resources for all History courses, especially courses in which research plays an important role (e.g., History 298, 300-level seminars, 398 and 400 (Comps). Sarah will be able to assist History students in identifying and obtaining the best resources for the project at hand, whether a short primary source analysis, a literature review, or a comps research essay. Please consider Sarah an integral member of your “team” of support that includes the professor of the course, other relevant faculty, and your peers!

Archives and Special Collections

The primary purpose of the Carleton College Archives is to gather, preserve, and make available for institutional reference and public research use documentation and information pertaining to the work, history, and development of Carleton College, or about programs, policies, activities, events, persons, or groups associated with the College. To learn more about Carleton's archives, check out their website, their digital collections, or email them and ask a question!

Carleton’s Special Collections houses materials that are rare, fragile, or of significant value that touch on all periods of history and areas of life and culture. These include manuscript facsimiles, which reproduce full manuscripts in exact or near replicas), early printed books, original editions of important works like Diderot’s Encyclopedia, and many other original printed witnesses to past times. History majors are encouraged to make use of these materials which can offer unique insights and evidence for any project or exhibition.  To learn more, check out the Special Collections website or email

Remember: curiosity is the only prerequisite to use Carleton’s Special Collections!