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The Rare Book & Manuscript Library houses over 500,000 items. To search our collections, please use the above search bar to connect to the library's VuFind catalog. An older, but more sophisticated search interface called "Classic Search" is also available. Both of these resources allow you to limit your search to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. We offer our own custom advanced search below:


Our Custom Advanced Search


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The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is also home to a wide variety of manuscript collections. Many of the finding aids are searchable through our online Archon system using the search box above.