Archives & Special Collections

Iwasaki Library

Archives & Special Collections Closed

Due to COVID-19, access to the Archives & Special Collections is closed until further notice. Our staff members are working remotely, so please don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.

About Us

ECASC is a department in the library that documents the history of the College as well as the history of topics and issues that complement the College’s curriculum. Staff members do this by collecting, preserving, and providing access to documents, objects, and artwork that fall under two categories:

  • institutional records created by College faculty, staff, student groups, and affiliated organizations; and
  • historical collections created by outside individuals, organizations, and groups that focus on such subjects as the history of the College; radio, television, and film; journalism; communication disorders; and comedy in all its forms.

The work of ECASC’s staff members is steered by the belief that the purpose of archives is to allow people to examine and understand both the past and present; archival materials should be accessible to as broad an audience as possible; and historical materials can be used in many different capacities, including research, creative, and personal projects.

For information about accessing our materials, please view our Research Services page.

Policies & Procedures

ECASC has created several different policies and procedures to ensure that our materials are appropriately acquired, accessed, and shared. If you have any questions about the documents below please contact us at archives [at]

What We Do


ECASC holds a wide variety of institutional records, special collections, and American Comedy Archives, as well as a growing number of online digital collections.

Research Services

Our collections are available to the Emerson community as well as the public. Learn about the many different services we provide as well as how to make an appointment.

Donations & Transfers

ECASC accepts donations of materials from the public as well as the Emerson community. We also work with internal departments to transfer and preserve permanent College records.

Records Management

ECASC has established policies and procedures for the storage, preservation, and disposal of digital and physical College records. We offer a range of services as well as advice for all departments and affiliated organizations.

Contact & Staff Info

We are here to help, please contact us with any questions or requests related to archives, special collections, digital collections, or records management.