February 18th, 2008
The Jen Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department houses a number of topical collections of rare and unique materials. The largest is The Don Bluth Collection of Animation which contains the cels, drawings, storyboards, and business papers of the studio. Included are materials for feature productions and games, as well as unrealized concepts and ideas. Book collections include a growing number of artists’ books, art press books, pop-up books, local history materials, limited editions, and rare books on artists, architects, and art movements. Manuscript collections include the published records of SCAD, the papers of Myrtle Jones, a local Savannah artist, collections of fashion materials, stereoviews and postcards of Savannah, and memorabilia from the old Hotel De Soto. The library also houses a large collection of comic books, limited edition or rare graphic novels, and graphic non-fiction. Departmental periodical titles include older issues of serials in the circulating collection, as well as titles that are housed only in Special Collections. While the most recent hard copies of graduate theses are housed in Access Services, they are relocated to Special Collections after five years. Images of some of our collections can be found in the Savannah College of Art and Design Digital Collections.
The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Savannah College of Art and Design maintains non-circulating collections of unique, valuable and significant original works in relevant areas of study housed in the Jen Library on the third floor. The department supports a wide range of research and teaching in the fine and applied arts. While the items acquired may vary greatly in format and topical interest, all materials in the collection are considered to have notable value to SCAD programs. The purpose of Special Collections is to preserve these materials within a secure environment where their availability to the SCAD community and to the general public can be ensured for current and future generations.