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Using Archives & Manuscripts

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

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Using Archives & Manuscripts

Bobst Library's Special Collections and Archives house significant resources that support research on a wide range of topics. 

Types of materials include:

  • rare books
  • personal papers
  • organizational records
  • posters
  • photographs
  • audio
  • films and videos
  • artworks 
  • University history collections and more

Use the pages of this guide 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  • find out about citing and quoting from unpublished manuscripts and archival collections; and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.