Special Collections

Short Description

Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) holds the University’s unique, rare, and most important materials and collections. It is also the home to the University Archives. 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 Fall 2020

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation is open to the UR community for in-person research during the Fall 2020 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

Manuscript and Special Collections
Letters, diaries, architectural drawings, maps, prints, photographs and more.

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

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

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.

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.

Rare Book Collections
Printed books, journals and pamphlets from 1472 to the present.

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Mailing Address
755 Library Road
Rochester NY 14627
Phone Number
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