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Archival Collections

Use this site to explore descriptions, finding aids, inventories and digitized content from archives held by New York University’s special collections. You can also use this site to search archival material held by the New-York Historical Society and Brooklyn Historical Society.

What Are Special Collections?

Special collections are repositories that collect archives, rare books, and manuscripts. These unique materials have been selected for their enduring historical and cultural value.

What Are Archives?

Archives are materials created or collected by people and organizations as they lived and worked. They may contain drafts of literary manuscripts, correspondence, meeting minutes, sound and moving image recordings, photographs, reports, and artifacts. Archival collections range from a few letters to hundreds of boxes of organizational records.