Manuscripts » Libraries, Archives & Museums
Highlighting specific repositories with manuscript collections. Keep in mind that most libraries, archives, or museums have some sort of manuscript collection: some small, some large, and many that are unique to a specific locality or topic. For your own research look on a repository's web site for: Special Collections, Local History, or Manuscripts.
Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room - Online Collections from the Manuscript Division
African American Odyssey; American Colony in Jerusalem; American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Folklore Project, WPA Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940; American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States (Manuscript Division section); The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress; The Clara Barton Papers at the Library of Congress; The Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, 1862-1939; The Harry A. Blackmun Papers at the Library of Congess; The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920; Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929; Finding Our Way in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond; The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress; Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training; Freedom's Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953; "I Do Solemnly Swear ...": Presidential Inaugurations, Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence; The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress; The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress; Letters of Delegates to Congress; Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress; Lewis H. Machen Family Papers; The James Madison Papers; Meeting of Frontiers; Patsy T. Mink Papers; Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress; The Daniel P. Moynihan Papers at the Library of Congess; Phillips/Math
Philadelphia Area Archives
This Philadelphia Area Archives site, formerly the Philadelphia Area Archives Research Portal (PAARP) and PACSCL Finding Aids Site, provides access to descriptions of more than 5,000 collections from over 200 regional institutions documenting the region's vital role in our collective history, from colonization to the present day, from the everyday citizen to some of America's best known thinkers and celebrated citizens. On this site, researchers will find catalog descriptions, or "finding aids," to collections relating to local, national, and world history; the natural and social sciences; medicine; literature; religion; art and architecture; business and industry; the performing arts; and other topics.