Special Collections

Short Description

Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) and the University Archives are home to rare and unique historical materials. 

The department features regularly rotating exhibits and hosts classes, workshops, and lectures throughout the year, some of which take place in the Hyam Plutzik Library for Contemporary Writing, Jacob Robert Cominsky Reading Room, and the William Henry Seward Room.

Open for research Spring 2022

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation will be closed until January 30.  It will re-open January 31st for in-person research, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM. 
For questions about the department, including reproductions, email rarebks@library.rochester.edu. If you have questions about a specific collection or research topic, your email will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. 

Collections, Resources, and Information

Rare Books and Special Collections
Printed, manuscript, audio, and visual material including books, letters, diaries, photographs, personal and business records, architectural drawings, maps, and more.

Digital Exhibitions and Projects
Lincoln and his Circle, Frederick Douglass Project, Online Exhibits, Undergraduate Student Projects.

RBSCP / Robbins Blog
We are pleased to introduce our new blog, with information from RBSCP, the Robbins Library, and the University Archives.

Your Weekly Louise
Learn more about congresswoman Louise Slaughter and what was included in the collection that now lives within RBSCP.

University Archives
Manuscript and printed materials about the history of the University of Rochester.

Digital Collections and Publications
Our repository for digitized collections and publications.

Databases for Manuscript, Book and Print Collections
Databases have been developed for a number of Collections in the Department to enable access to their contents.

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