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Guides to the Archival and Manuscript Collections in the 

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and the Kheel Center


Below are subject headings with links to lists of archival collections that deal with those topics.  Please note that these are not complete lists of all of our archival collections.  Many collections do not have guides, some guides have not yet been converted to EAD, and other guides are not yet fully converted. Patrons are advised to contact the reference services of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at or (607) 255-3530 or the Kheel Center at or (607) 255-3183.

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Alphabetical list of Collections at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections


Alphabetical list of Collections at the Kheel Center Library

American History and Culture:


African American Studies 


Architecture and Planning

Civil War

Labor History

Regional History 



African History and Culture


Asian History and Culture: 

East Asia 

Southeast Asia 

Vietnam War


European History and Culture:

France (18th c.) 

World Wars:

World War I 

World War II

Women's Studies


Human Sexuality


Literary Collections:

Anglo-American lit. (c19-20)

Theater and Film




Science, Medicine and Technology:

Life Sciences:



Physical Sciences and Engineering

Social Sciences


Cornell University:

University Archives

Ezra Cornell

College of Human Ecology

Archivists prepare guides to archival and manuscript collections called finding aids.  These typically contain a prose description of the collection and the person or organization that produced it, as well as a list of the contents that tells users how the collection is structured and where to find particular materials in it. The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives have finding aids for several thousand of their archival and manuscript collections. The two units have begun to put these guides into electronic format using a standardized encoding system called Encoded Archival Description (EAD) that is coming into wide use in archives. 

Copyright 2002 Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853
Phone Number: (607) 255-3530. Fax Number: (607) 255-9524

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