Special Collections

Short Description

Our Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation is located on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library, and is open to all. The department contains many unique treasures and important collections, with a particular focus on the Rochester area, including the Louise Slaughter Congressional Collection, the Lewis Henry Morgan Papers, papers of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and the Kodak collection. It is also the home of the University Archives. The Department features a regularly-rotating exhibits, and hosts numerous classes, workshops, and lectures throughout the year.

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
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Food Not Permitted