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Herbert H. Rawnsley Autograph Collection
Benjamin Franklin and John Marshall items of interest
World War I Poster Collection
William Reichenbach Rare Book Collection
Watts de Peyster Collection: Napoleon Buonaparte
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Location, Directions, Parking

We are located on first floor of the Martin Library of the Sciences at Franklin and Marshall College. The library is located off Harrisburg Avenue (for google maps, approximately 850 Harrisburg Avenue) between Race and College Avenues on the College campus. Parking can be difficult during the school year but can be found along the nearby 600 and 700 blocks of College Avenue and in lots off Harrisburg Avenue (the College Square and the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center lots). On campus visitor parking near the Public Safety office off Race Avenue may also be available.

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Hours and Contact

Archives and Special Collections reading room hours for researchers are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday all year. Since hours may vary during summer and holiday periods, it is recommended that those wishing to use the collection call or email in advance to confirm hours or schedule an appointment. ALL inquiries should be directed to:

 Archives and Special Collections

or individually

Christopher M. RaabArchives and Special Collections Librarian

Michael R. LearArchives and Special Collections Assistant

Mailing Address, Phone and Fax

Archives and Special Collections
Martin Library of the Sciences
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

Christopher Raab (717) 291-4225
Michael Lear (717) 358-4433

FAX : (717) 291- 4088

Dining and Lodgings

When visiting us from a distance, you may wish to break for lunch or a quick cup of coffee. Nearby lunch options (from least to most expensive) include:

On Campus

Jazzman's- $ -on campus, Distler House- coffee, bagels, pastries, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches.
Pandinis- $ -on campus, College Center- pizza, pasta, salads, coffee.
Campus Corner Cafe- $ -on campus, College Square- bagels, coffee, bagel deli sandwiches.
WOW Cafe and Wingery- $$ -on campus, College Row- New Orleans/Southwest inspired menu- chicken wings, wraps, burgers, salads, fajitas, soups, etc.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant- $$ -on campus, College Row- American fare "brew pub" serving lunch and dinner and handcrafted beers.
Gibraltar- $$$ -on campus, College Square- upscale Mediterranian, with lunch menu.

Nearby - just off campus

Sugar Bowl- $ -one block southeast of campus at Lemon and Nevin Sts.- pizza, subs, sandwiches, strombolis.
My Place Pizza- $ -one block Northwest of campus- pizza, subs.
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers- $ -two blocks Northwest of campus- traditional Am. fast food.
Subway- $ -two blocks Northwest of campus- subs.
Pat's Pizzeria- $$ -one block Northwest of campus- pizza, sandwiches, subs.
Campus Deli- $$ -two blocks Northeast of campus at Pine St. and Harrisburg Avenue- New York-style deli sandwiches.

Please visit the following link for more information on dining and lodgings, if staying over in the Lancaster area.

updated 01/24/11


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