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.

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.

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

Rush Rhees
Mailing Address
755 Library Road
Rochester NY 14627
Phone Number
Classical furniture
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