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Manuscript Reading Room (Manuscript Division, Library of Congress)

Notice: Appointments are optional, but encouraged. To help us better serve you, request a research appointment to ensure collection material is accessible during your visit at the Library. The Library of Congress asks all visitors to follow our COVID-19 health screening protocols, which are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Office of the Attending Physician of the U.S. Capitol. For additional instructions, see the Researcher Scheduling page.

About the Manuscript Division
About the Manuscript Division
LC Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide

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New Online Resources:

Edward F. Edinger Papers

Selections from the Margaret Mead Papers

Hans Peter Kraus collection of Spanish American Documents

Featured Exhibitions:

Rosa Parks In Her Own Words

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Hours Monday-Saturday   8:30am - 5:00pm
  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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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.

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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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  January 26, 2023
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