Rare Book and Manuscript Collections

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections includes more than 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. Below you will find descriptive information about some of the highlights of Cornell's rare book and manuscript collections. Catalog records for rare books and manuscripts on many other subjects - including many subjects not covered below - can by found by searching the Cornell University Library catalog. Guides for some of our our archival and manuscript collections are also available online.

Primary Collection Strengths

American History & Culture


American Indian History & Culture


Architecture & Planning


Cornell University History


East Asian History & Culture


European History & Culture


Food, Wine & Culinary History


Icelandic History & Culture

Literature & Theater


Music


Natural History


Photographs & Visual Materials


Science & Technology


Sexuality & Gender


Southeast Asian History & Culture


Travel & Tourism

Other Special Collections at Cornell

Cornell University Library offers rich special collections resources in several library units on the central Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, as well as the Medical Center Archives at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City. For for information, please see Cornell University Library’s Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives.