Special Collections and Archival Materials
We have many unique, rare, and special collections, from historic maps and manuscripts to one-of-a-kind instruments and artist books. Here’s how you can find them.
Search the catalog
If you know the exact item you’re looking for, search for it in the catalog. Your search results will include the item’s location or collection information, along with how to request the item for viewing in the library.
You can also search by subject, format, and more in advanced search mode, or refine your search on the left side of the page when viewing results.
See Tips for Using Library Search for strategies on how to improve and refine your search results.
Use finding aids
Browse finding aids if you’re looking for special or archival materials by topic, or you want more information on what’s included in a collection — such as the list of contents of a box or a folder. (See Workers’ Power Records 1970–1973.)
Finding aids are especially helpful when you’re searching for unpublished papers or archival materials and need to determine whether the collection will meet your research needs.
Explore our digital collections
Ask a specialist
Find a specialist in your area, who can guide you in finding materials of interest.