Manuscript Collections

About Finding Aids

A finding aid describes the arrangement and contents of a manuscript collection. Guides on how to read a finding aid have been created by Purdue University's Archives & Special Collections and the Bentley Library.

Lists on our website describe collections with complete finding aids, or descriptions, online.

At present, other collections are accessible only through typewritten finding aids in the Special Collections reading room. However, as time and resources permit, these are being converted to electronic format. Contact us if you have questions about any collection.

You might also wish to browse Guide to Selected Manuscript Collections, compiled in 1976 by Samuel A. Sizer, then Curator of Special Collections; it provides brief descriptions of 211 collections, including a few that were not fully processed at that time.

Manuscript Collections By Subject

A partial listing of collections by broad subject area:

Topic Guides

Descriptions of our collections in various areas:

Using Manuscript Collections

About Conservation of Manuscript Materials

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