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Meadville Lombard Humanist Special Collection
 Humanist Special Collection houses archival materials that document the growth and impact of humanism within both Unitarian Universalism and the larger world. The Humanist Special Collection contains personal papers from notable humanists, the records of humanist organizations and congregations, and collections centered around specific themes and events tied to humanism.

Charles E. Stevens American Atheist Library and Archives
The CESAALA specializes in the preservation of Atheist, Freethought, Rationalist, Secularist, Skeptic, Humanist, Agnostic and Deist materials. Our holdings constitute one of the nation’s largest private gathering of books, booklets, pamphlets, periodicals, ephemera and other records pertinent to these topics. We also have an extensive collection of materials on philosophy, science, the history of religion as well as state-church separation and First Amendment rights.

National Secular Society's Historical Archives at Conway Hall (UK)
Conway Hall is the oldest surviving freethought organization in the world and  holds the largest and most comprehensive humanist research resource in the UK.

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Wiggin Library

The Wiggin Library catalog contains over 35,000 volumes, primarily specializing in Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism. It also contains an extensive holdings on American freethought and humanism. This collection is available to faculty, students, and community members, and most of our books can be circulated through the mail. To inquire about creating an account to access the Wiggin library, email 

Meadville Lombard Wiggin Library
180 N. Wabash Ave.
Suite 625 
Chicago, IL 60601

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