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Manuscript Reading Room (Manuscript Division, Library of Congress)

Notice: As the Library of Congress gradually begins to reopen its Reading Rooms for research, we are putting safety first with new procedures and practices that protect everyone’s health. Confirmed appointments are required for entry into Library facilities, and everyone must follow the health and safety protocols established by the Library, in consultation with public health professionals.  Most of these protocols are mandatory, regardless of vaccination status. Starting on June 1, 2021, the Manuscript Division will provide access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday. Please submit an Ask A Librarian or call (202) 707-5387 to schedule an appointment.  For more information, see:

About the Manuscript Division
About the Manuscript Division
LC Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide
Special Presentation: Collecting, Preserving, and Researching History

Conducting Research
Using the Collections
Catalogs, Bibliographies & Guides Finding Aids for Collections
Recently Processed Collections
Research in the Manuscript Division (video) English | Spanish

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Acquisitions Highlights
Lists of Recent Acquisitions

Archival Processing, Conservation, Exhibition Loans, Resources for Teachers

Internships and Fellowships

What's New
New Online Resources
Press Releases and Feature Articles
Special Notices

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New Online Resources:

Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz correspondence and related material

East Florida Papers

Montgomery C. Meigs Papers

Featured Exhibitions:

Rosa Parks In Her Own Words

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

  By appointment only
  9:30am-12:30pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
  Closed Federal holidays
  Contact Information

  101 Independence Ave. SE
  Room LM 101
  James Madison Memorial Bldg
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4680
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Publication Information 
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ATTENTION-- Before Visiting the Manuscript Reading Room: All researchers are advised to write or telephone the Manuscript Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

WARNING: Selected collections unavailable beginning mid-November 2021.

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The Manuscript Division's holdings, approximately seventy million items in eleven thousand separate collections, include some of the greatest manuscript treasures of American history and culture and support scholarly research in many aspects of political, cultural, and scientific history.
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