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

The Spinelli Archives is currently open for online research assistance and in-person research assistance by appointment only. Face coverings are optional when visiting the Spinelli Room.

Hours of Operation
  • TUESDAY - THURSDAY  10am - 4pm  by appointment only
  • Closed on Mondays, Fridays, weekends, and University holidays

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Please visit our digitized collections available online:

Celebrating 150 years

2021 marked Plymouth State's 150th anniversary. Visit the PSU 150th website and 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 of and rights governing the items. Users assume all responsibility for questions of copyright that may arise. Image and document reproduction orders, as well as requests for permission to publish materials 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 use the Archives Request Form to contact Spinelli Archives staff.

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.

The books in the Spinelli Room are cataloged and can be found 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 in consultation with Archives 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 appointments must be made ahead of time, so that we can retrieve material and bring it to the Spinelli Room.

Visitors to the Spinelli Room will be asked to leave bags and outerwear at the door. Pencils only may be used and will be provided. No food or drink is allowed.

If you have questions about the collections, please use the Archives Request Form. If you would like to make an appointment to use the archives/special collections, please use the Archives Appointment Form.


Directions to campus by car, bus, or shuttle.

Campus Map


The PSU campus parking map (PDF) shows each building and parking lot. Generally, visitors will find that Lot 108 behind Lamson Library is the best place to park. 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 supports the educational mission of Plymouth State University and serves as a cultural resource for the region. To preserve institutional and community memory into the future, the Spinelli Archives identifies, collects, and provides access to historical primary resources and rare materials of enduring value.

Archives & Special Collections Librarian

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Alissa Helms