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Using Archives & Manuscripts: Home

Overview of using archives and manuscripts, including tips for research visits, handling materials, and quoting and citing in academic work or publications.

Using Archives & Manuscripts

The purpose of this guide is to provide researchers with an overview of using archives and manuscripts at NYU. 

Bobst Library's Special Collections and Archives house significant resources that include rare books, personal papers, organizational records, posters, photographs, audio, films, videos, artworks, University history collections and other materials which support research on a wide range of topics.

Use the tabs near the top of this page to: 

    • read definitions of basic archival terms;

    • find out what to expect when you visit a special collection, including reading room protocols, reader services, and possible access restrictions;

    • learn how to handle one-of-a-kind materials with care;

    • find out about citing and quoting from unpublished manuscripts and archival collections; and

    • learn about best practices for using special collections. 

Follow the link to the related Primary Sources research guide to find out how to locate primary sources and use them in your research.


Aisle with archival boxes on both sides

Archival boxes on the shelves in the Tamiment Library, NYU.