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About the Archives


The Department of Archives and Special Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible unique and rare materials documenting the history of Rollins College and the Central Florida community.

Hours and Location

The Department of Archives and Special Collections is located on the first floor of Olin Library (Olin 151).

In typical semesters, we are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. However in Spring 2023, due to reduced staffing, the Archives will only be open Wednesday to Friday during our normal business hours. We welcome walk-ins and appointments during those hours from both Rollins community members and the general public. Contact us at or 407-646-2421.

Faculty and Staff

Wenxian Zhang
(On Sabbatical, Spring 2023)

Head of Archives

Rachel Walton
Interim Head of Archives, Spring 2023
Digital Archivist & Records Manager


The Department of Archives and Special Collections was founded in 1933 as the Department of College Archives.  It was formally established in 1954 by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of President Hugh McKean.  In 1985, it was merged with Special Collections and renamed the Department of Archives and Special Collections.  The Department's location changed several times until it was moved to its current location in the Olin Library in 1998.

Collection Development

The Department collects non-current College records and current and retrospective materials in all forms and in subject areas that support the teaching and research needs of the users of the Olin Library.  Materials are acquired through purchase or gift, in accordance with the Department’s Guidelines for Collection Development (PDF).  For information concerning donations, please contact the Head of Archives and Special Collections, Wenxian Zhang.