Search Collections

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds nearly 500,000 volumes of books, journals, and pamphlets. To search these collections, please use the above search bar which connects 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 &amp Manuscript Library. In the VuFind catalog you are able to select the Rare Book &amp Manuscript Library as a location once you have performed your search under the "Narrow Your Search" options on the right sidebar. In the Classic Catalog, you can select the Rare Book &amp Manuscript Library from the "Quick Limit" drop down list. We offer our own custom advanced search below:


Our Custom Advanced Search


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The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is home to a wide variety of collections of manuscripts and literary archives. Many of these collection finding aids are searchable through our online Archon system.