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 by appointment only for Spring 2021

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation is open to the UR community for in-person research during the Spring 2021 semester, by appointment only. We are providing additional reference assistance to all researchers to help them meet their research needs without visiting us. This reference assistance includes staff looking at collection material to answer questions and providing PDF reproductions of collection material. 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.

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

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

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

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.

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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