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University To Receive Louise Slaughter Congressional Collection
The family of Louise and Bob Slaughter is donating the Honorable Louise Slaughter’s official Congressional papers to the University of Rochester. The River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation will house, archive, and make available the Louise M. Slaughter Congressional Collection in the coming years. More… 


Joseph C. Wilson Papers Available for Research
The Wilson Foundation recently made a $25,000 gift to the River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, making it possible to process and preserve the papers of Xerox Corporation founder Joseph Wilson ’31 and make a portion of them available online to students, historians, and others. Read the news release, use the finding aid, and view the online exhibit.


Online: Digitizing Douglass

In honor of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday, and in conjunction with his being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Rochester, we have used digital technology and vast expertise here at the University, to bring this bust of Frederick Douglass into the 21st-century and to the world through 3-D imaging. More...


Read all about it! We are pleased to introduce our new blog, with information from RBSCP, the Robbins Library, and the University Archives.

Exhibition: Victoria: A Ruling Image
From 1837 to 1901, Queen Victoria ruled a British Empire that grew to span a quarter of the globe and include some 450 million people. Her reign coincided with a period of extraordinary social and technological change—and a revolution in visual culture. Images of Victoria were ubiquitous. ... read more
Exhibition: Arthur Sullivan & the Royal Family: an Exhibition
Drawn from the collection of Hal Kanthor, MD, this exhibit focuses on Arthur Sullivan’s connection to the Royal Family. Through photographs, theatre programs... read more
Exhibition: Sit In. Walk Out. Stand Up. University Activism, 1962-73
To describe the year 1968—a year of assassinations, riots, war, and protests for civil and social rights—as a turning point, both at the University of Rochester and around the world, would be an understatement. But causes and effects of 1968 should not be viewed without the context of that which came before and after... read more
Rare Book Collections
Printed books, journals and pamphlets from 1472 to the present.
Online Projects and Publications
Lincoln and his Circle, Frederick Douglass Project, Online Exhibits, Undergraduate Student Projects.
Manuscript and Special Collections
Letters, diaries, architectural drawings, maps, prints, photographs and more.
Databases for Manuscript, Book and Print Collections
University Archives
Manuscript and printed materials about the history of the University of Rochester.
Preservation Program
Information about our Preservation and Conservation programs, Disaster Manual, etc.


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All researchers should contact us by email or telephone (Monday-Friday) 48 hours before visiting, as some collections are not available for use without an appointment. 

Please note: the Reading Room closes 15 minutes prior to the closing of the department; no new material will be made available within a half-hour before closing.

In all cases, the librarians are happy to consult about research questions before you come to use the collections. Please call the department's general phone number (585) 275-4477 or send an email.

For other library hours, please go the central page.

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