This guide is intended to help you find inspiration for your final assignment on Utopias/Dystopias & Manifestos for WGS-1200hf. We have included suggestions from published and manuscript sources held here at the Schlesinger Library, although you are encouraged to explore the HOLLIS+ catalog for other materials you may wish to access.
Also included are some details to be aware of before visiting the Library.
If you do identify materials that are not included in this guide, please be aware that many of our collections are stored offsite and some have permissions requirements. Retrieval time for off-site materials is generally overnight on business days, when requests are received before 3:00pm. The process and time needed to obtain permissions varies.
Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions. There is always a Research Librarian available during the Library's open hours. Alternately, you can reach us through our Ask a Schlesinger Librarian web form.
Working at an archives or special collections library may be different from your past library experiences. For instance, there are certain personal belongings that cannot be brought into the research space. We provide lockers for secure storage which you can use when you register on the first floor.
Items that must be left in the lockers include:
The Library provides paper and pencils for taking notes and laptops, tablets, cameras, and phones are permitted. A full list of what can be brought up to the research space is made available to you during the registration process. If you have questions about whether a certain item can be brought into the Reading Room, please just ask!
When you are in the Reading Room, we'll ask you to handle the materials carefully and to keep the documents in their original order. By doing this you will be part of making sure these materials continue to be available to future researchers.
Document cameras (Hovercams) are available at the tables in the Reading Room. These are essentially small-scale overhead scanners which are provided so you can image the materials if you don't have your phone or a camera. More information about the Hovercams can be found in the Hovercam guide.
If any questions come up during your visit, please do not hesitate to ask us - we're here to help!