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Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections

The Spinelli Archives is currently open for virtual reference assistance and by appointment. Face coverings are required when visiting the Spinelli Room.

For reference assistance, please contact:

Hours of operation are:

  • MONDAY - THURSDAY  10am - 4pm  by appointment only
  • Closed on Fridays, weekends, and University holidays

Please visit our digitized collections available online:

Celebrating 150 years

2021 marks Plymouth State's 150th anniversary. Visit the PSU 150th website and join us as we Celebrate 150 years of Plymouth State.

Copyright and Terms of Use

The Spinelli Archives permits the reproduction of materials (both physical and digital) in its collections on a case-by-case basis, depending on the condition and legal status of the items. Users assumes all responsibility for questions of copyright that may arise. Image and document duplication orders, as well as requests for permission to reproduce materials for publication should be made to The Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections. If you have questions or would like to request permission to use content from one of Spinelli Archive’s collections, please contact: Alissa Helms, Interim Archives and Special Collections Librarian (

The Michael J. Spinelli Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections is located on the upper level of the Herbert H. Lamson Library at Plymouth State University. The Spinelli Room (212) is open by appointment only. If you come to the library without an appointment, please go to the Reference Desk (on the Main Level) for assistance.

The books in the Spinelli Room are cataloged, and findable in Lamson’s online catalog.  Some archival material is available online through our digital collections, but much of the material comprising the Special Collections and University Archives is not yet findable online, but is available for use in consultation with staff.

Material in Archives cannot be checked out and must be used in the Spinelli Room under the supervision of staff. This is one reason that it is helpful if people make appointments ahead of time, so that we can retrieve the material and bring it to the Spinelli Room.

People coming to the Spinelli Room to do research will be asked to leave bags and outerwear at the door. Pencils only are to be used, and will be provided. No food or drink is allowed.

If you would like to make an appointment to use the archives/special collections, or have questions about the collections, please contact Alissa Helms, Interim Archives and Special Collections Librarian (


Directions to campus by car, bus, or shuttle.

Campus Map


The PSU campus parking map (PDF) shows each building and parking lot. Please review the campus visitor parking regulations when planning your visit.

About the Archives

The Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections was established in 2006, through the generosity of Michael J. Spinelli, Jr., Plymouth State College class of 1968. In addition to the records of the institution, special collections include

Mission Statement

The Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections collects, organizes, preserves and makes accessible material in many formats relating to the history of Plymouth State University, the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and other rare and historic items in support of the mission and curriculum of the university and to serve as a cultural resource for the region.

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