The Catherine McElvain Library is a special library serving the scholars, artists, staff, and members of the School for Advanced Research. The collection of books, periodicals, and archival materials is focused on anthropology, archaeology, and Native American art, with emphasis on the Southwest and Mesoamerica. The online catalog features lists of recently added titles and other resources.
The library collections are open to the public for research. Appointments are required to access the archives. Book borrowing privileges are a membership benefit for all who join SAR. A current membership card functions as a library card.
Librarian: Katherine Wolf, MLIS
Service hours subject to staff availability. Regular hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please contact the library to confirm hours before visiting.
Catherine McElvain Library, photo by Jose Cruzado Coronel
Stacks, Catherine McElvain Library
As part of the Scholar Programs division, the library supports residential fellows and senior scholars with their research in anthropology, archaeology, and the social sciences. The library also supports the staff, interns, and resident artists of the Indian Arts Research Center on the SAR campus with their projects on Native studies, art history, and creative expression.
The archival collections in the library relate to the history and work of SAR from its beginning in 1907. Among the collections are the records of the Indian Arts Fund, the papers of Kenneth M. Chapman, the papers of Martha and Amelia Elizabeth White, records of the De Vargas Development Corporation, and papers of Rick Dillingham. The archives are open by appointment.