For more information about Special Collections in Dunn Library, contact the college archivist. Use of the collections are by appointment.
The Joseph W. Walt Research Library & College Archives, housed on the third floor of Dunn Library, preserves and makes available materials and memorabilia about Simpson College from its beginnings in 1860, including the George Washington Carver Collection. Items from the archives are on display in the front lounge of the library.
The Craven Collection includes Dr. Avery Craven's personal library of books, notes and manuscripts on the history of the Antebellum South. Craven is a 1908 Simpson graduate. The collection is housed in the Avery O. and Georgia Craven room on the second floor of Dunn Library.
Campus and Facilities History shows how the campus has developed. It includes the naming of Simpson College, previous campus facilities and current buildings and venues. The historical information is taken from Beneath the whispering maples: the history of Simpson College by Joseph W. Walt (1995).