Due to the current public health crisis the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is closed. Staff are working remotely but there is no access to the physical collections. Please see the Library's COVID-19 Service Updates for complete information.
The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) houses books, collections of archival material, bound manuscripts, and other resources. For an overview of our materials visit our collections overview page and for highlights of our collections visit our collection highlights page.
Once you've located resources of interest to you, please register and request them through the library catalog, as described below. If you're interested in ordering reproductions or obtaining permission for publication please visit the "Reproductions & Permissions" page.
Follow the instructions below to register and request RMC material:
When possible, request materials one to two weeks in advance. Please note that some materials are stored off-site and will take at least a few business days to arrive. Also note there is a limit of 15 active requests. If you are traveling here for an extended period and anticipate consulting a large volume of items, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your visit so we can discuss your priorities and help maximize your research time.
Please be aware that many of our materials have restrictions. These need to be addressed before you can access the material, and whenever possible, well before an in-person visit. If you see a restriction on material of interest to you, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
A collection or work may:
You can see the restrictions when you request material through the library catalog and in the "Information for Users" section of our Finding Aids.
Due to the fragility and potential degradation of moving image and sound recordings, viewing and listening is limited to items that have been digitized. If an item is in another media format, you may order and pay for a digital copy. See the "Reproductions & Permissions" page for more information. Please e-mail us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to access digitized content in the reading room.
Almost all of our resources are listed in the library catalog. The catalog is the best place to start your search for published materials, bound manuscripts, and archival collections.
To search only the materials available at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, select "Kroch Library Rare & Manuscripts" under "Library Location" or use this pre-populated search page.
You may further limit your search by using the "Limit your search" options listed on the left side of the catalog. For instance, you might limit the search to "Manuscript/Archive" under "Format," or for a particular edition of a book, you might adjust the search results' date range under "Publication Year."
Once you've located material in the catalog, follow the instructions in the "How to Register and Request Resources" box to request material for the reading room, or see the "Reproductions & Permissions" page to order scans.
For additional tips on finding RMC materials in the library catalog, visit the "Finding Materials" page on our website.
When deciding what items to request, it can be helpful to review a collection's finding aid, if one is available. If a collection has a finding aid, it can be accessed either through a link under "Availability" on the collection's library catalog record or by searching RMC's "Archival Guides" on our website.
While finding aids can differ in their level of detail, most include the following basic elements:
Take note of which boxes or items have the most relevant materials for you, and then request them through the library catalog.
We keep a list of local researchers-for-hire. They are not affiliated with RMC, so you will need to contact them directly if that option is of interest to you. Please contact us for more information.