Use of manuscripts collections requires advance notification as many collections are stored off site. Please contact SCRC staff to confirm availability and make arrangements.
If your interest in our manuscripts collection is broad, we suggest you begin by consulting our Subject Guide, which lists collections by general topic. Here you will find links to the individual collections and online finding aids.
If your interest is specific, begin with our Keyword Index. Here you will find all of the collections' index terms merged into one file, searchable by keyword (name, place, event or title).
If you know the name of a collection, look for it in our Alphabetical List of Collections. In most cases you will find a link to an online finding aid with folder registers and an index. However, many of our important collections were processed before the electronic age and are represented here by name only. Typed finding aids are available for most of these and can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Our Manuscripts do not circulate and may be viewed only in our Reading Room. Click here for the Reading Room use policies.
On-site research of manuscripts is strongly recommended. Researchers are urged to make an appointment with the manuscripts staff before visiting. This will allow materials to be prepared and ensure a consistent point of contact with a staff member.
No new materials will be pulled for researchers after 4:30 p.m.