The manuscript holdings of the Special Collections Research Center include more than 1,200 separate collections, containing over 9,000 linear feet of material, ranging from medieval texts to early modern archives to the papers of noted figures prominent in literature, history, politics, diplomacy and international affairs, intelligence and espionage, music and the visual arts, and Catholic and Jesuit theology and culture.
Use of manuscripts collections requires advance notification as many collections are stored off site. Please contact SCRC staff to confirm availability and make arrangements.
Note: Holy Trinity Church sacramental records will not be accessible as of March 1, 2012. The records are being digitized and will be made available in electronic format. Further information on public access pending completion of the project.
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.
Fifth floor of Lauinger Library
On-site research of mansucripts is strongly recommended. For the best service, 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.
Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No new materials will be pulled for researchers after 4:30 p.m.
Our Manuscripts do not circulate and may be viewed only in our Reading Room. Click here for the Reading Room use policies.