The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) offers a wide breadth and depth of collection materials; however, there are many other resources to explore, both here in Ithaca and around the world.

Helpful Apps

Below are some examples of mobile and desktop apps that can be used for archival research:

  • Microsoft Lens: a free tool that enhances and makes pictures of documents and whiteboards readable. You can use the app to convert images to PDF, Word, and PowerPoint files, as well as save images to OneNote or OneDrive.
  • Tropya free and open-source tool that allows you to organize and describe photographs of research materials.
  • Dropbox mobile app: a free app with a scanner and simple photo editor that allows you to immediately organize your documents online.
  • JotNot Pro: inexpensive, good multi-page editing app and easy to sync with other favorite services, but there is no built-in OCR.
  • CamScanner: with a basic account you can scan, edit, and convert images to OCR PDFs. Your documents will also sync automatically to the cloud.
  • TurboScan: a free tool that allows you to scan, edit, and organize your research documents and notes. It can also convert images to PDFs.
  • DocScanner 8: a free tool that allows you to scan, edit, and organize your research documents and notes. It can also convert images to OCR PDFs.
  • Easy PDFa free online PDF conversion tool that can convert files from and to PDF. It can be used without limitation or registration.

Local and State Resources

Below are a selection of local and state resources and research services:

Local resources

State resources

National and International Resources

Below are a selection of national and international resources:

National Resources

Other Online Resources

Contact Us

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Please feel free to contact us with your questions! The best way to reach us is through e-mail at rareref@cornell.edu


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