The Manuscript collections contain over 2 million items of archival material including family papers and organizational and business records that document the lives of important New Yorkers and Americans as well as average citizens. The bulk of the manuscript collections are from the 18th and 19th centuries, but we also have important materials from the 17th century and a growing number of 20th and 21st century collections.
Patrons are welcome to come in during open library hours to view Manuscript materials. Collection level records are available for the majority of manuscript collections through the library's online catalog. Electronic guides or finding aids are available for many of the manuscript collections.
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